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Harlequins on track for treble after LV= Cup win

17 March 2013

  • Williams and Guest tries hand Harlequins LV= Cup win 
  • Premiership title holders dream of a treble on course
2012-13 LV= Cup Final

Photo: OnEdition

Harlequins secured their first piece of silver wear this season, lifting the LV= Cup at Sixways Stadium following a comprehensive 32-14 victory over Sale Sharks.

In what may prove to be one of three trophies for Harlequins this season, the Premiership title holders fielded a young team to tackle this LV= Cup Final, coming away the victors in a game they never looked liked losing.

A spirited effort from Sale Sharks kept the Premiership strugglers in touch, with fly half Danny Cipriani closing the margin to nine points just after the break. Quins had taken an early lead through the boot of Ben Botica, and two well worked tries from Tom Williams and Man of the Match Tom Guest.

2012-13 LV= Cup Final

Photo: OnEdition

It was the London side that were to take home the spoils, two tries in quick succession securing a confident victory in front of the crowd at Sixways Stadium, despite a consolation score from Sharks' Johnny Leota.

Speaking to Sky Sports HD after the game, Tom Guest said: "It was great fun. All year the young boys in our team have stepped up to play and showed great heart, and won a few games we were maybe expected to lose. We just wanted to enjoy today and we certainly did that. We scored the points we needed to it is was a great achievement in the end."

Quins now return to Premiership action before their Heineken Cup journey continues. Is the word "treble" being uttered in the Quins' camp?

"We've got quite a few tough games to come, like Saracens. That's a key game for us, so we'll enjoy this then look ahead to next week."

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond added: "We came across a very good side even though they are missing three or four of their first choice players. They have got a great squad and they play well together, with good team spirit.

"We were disappointed with our performance in a couple of areas but we got to the final and that has given us some good momentum this year and it is up to you to win or lose and unfortunately we couldn’t win the game."