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LV= Cup Round 2 review

19 November 2012

  • Ben Morgan makes a claim for England shirt
  • One point separates teams in Pool 2
No.8 Ben Morgan made a claim for a return to England colours with a hat-trick for Gloucester in their 46-20 win at home to London Welsh in Round 2 of the LV= Cup. 

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Pool 1

No.8 Ben Morgan made a claim for a return to England colours with a hat-trick for Gloucester in their 46-20 win at home to London Welsh.

Fellow England squad member and fly-half Freddie Burns also had a big part to play in the Cherry & Whites’ success, converting four tries and adding two penalties in an impressive all-round display.

Gloucester’s first win in the competition sees them stay in touching distance of Pool 1 pacesetters Exeter and Harlequins who have won both of their opening games and sit level on 9 points.

The Chiefs’ superior points difference – boosted by a 23-13 win at home to Ospreys – sees them sit on top of the pile. All 21 of Harlequins’ points in their win over Bath came from penalties. Newport Gwent Dragons are all but mathematically out of the equation following a 30-20 reverse at Rodney Parade.

Pool 2

Just one point separates the four sides in Pool 2. Worcester, Cardiff Blues and Sale Sharks are all on five points with Leicester just one behind.

Sharks recorded a second straight home win, backing up their Premiership win over London Irish on their last run out at Salford with a 25-23 cup victory against Saracens.

Defending champions Leicester are right back in the hunt for a semi-final spot after a 22-15 win at home to London Irish put them on four points. For the second time in five days the Tigers were watched by a Welford Road crowd in excess of 17,000.

Pool 3

Pool 3 looks like it could go right down to the wire, too, with all four sides again boasting a ‘won one, lost one’ record from the first two rounds of action.

Saracens and London Irish are tied at the top on six points, Wasps are on five and Scarlets four. Wasps managed their fifth straight home win of the season with victory over Worcester, while Scarlets made it four wins on the bounce in all competitions with a hard-fought 22-16 victory over Cardiff Blues.

Pool 4

To continue the competitive theme, the winner of Pool 4 is also anyone’s guess with three sides – Northampton, Bath and Ospreys – vying to top the pool and qualify for the knockout stages.

London Welsh are far from out of the race, either, but two straight defeats puts the Exiles firmly on the back foot. Saints were the only side from Pool 4 to win in Round 2, taking four points from their trip to Rodney Parade.

Fly-half Ryan Lamb booted 20 points from five penalties, a drop goal and a conversion, while there were tries for man-of-the-match Phil Dowson and Jamie Elliott.