Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

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JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

LV Cup final thriller between Saints and Gloucester

The final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, now called the LV Cup, produced a thrilling afternoon of rugby as Northampton and Gloucester gave their all in a match that saw the lead change hands five times. Eventually it was the Saints who won it 30-24 in the end.

Tries were scored by prop Soane Tonga'uiha, centre James Downey, and scrum-half Lee Dickson, with flyhalf Stephen Myler kicking everything asked of him, notching up 15 points on his own.

For Gloucester Nicky Robinson kicked 14 himself, including conversions of Akapusi Qera’s try, and the penalty try that was awarded by referee Alan Lewis.

"Cup finals are all about winning. You would take 3-0 in a final, but it is more encouraging when you can go out and play like that. There were two teams who wanted to play rugby, and I thought it was a good advert for the game," said Northampton coach Jim Mallinder.

"The Premiership has had some stick recently but there were two teams out there who wanted to play rugby. This victory shows how far we have progressed. We are going to enjoy ourselves over the next 48 hours and then it's back to business," he added.

The win books their place in the Heineken Cup for next season, as well as sets them up for the possibility of a rare treble, as they’re in this years quarter final, as well as currently sitting two points behind Guinness Premiership leaders Leicester.

Time: 07:22



  • Fantastic match. How good was that run by the big prop? :O Brilliant.

    By Anonymous Sam, at March 23, 2010 3:57 pm  

  • Loved the run, wish he'd scored. Should have just ploughed on and tried to steamroller through any attempted tackles! He actually had pretty good pace.

    By Anonymous Phil, at March 23, 2010 4:36 pm  

  • that second Nth'on try was awesome, they all looked so exhausted after so many turn overs!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 23, 2010 4:47 pm  

  • Looked like a great game but it's sad to see a once great competition relegated to being played on an international weekend and not evening at one of the big stadiums, where was this sixways?

    Neil Best is one as an irish supporter I dont understand why he keeps being overlooked for a bench roll, he'd be a lot more effective than shane jennings off the bench and what've seen of him as been in great form this season.

    By Anonymous Nurples, at March 23, 2010 5:53 pm  

  • it was said by the commentators this was the best match they had seen this season i have to agree brilliant to watch
    saints were awesome especially with 2 of there best attacking players on international duty.
    keep your SH rugby just watch the saints every week come on you munster mincers your next

    By Anonymous R o' gara, at March 23, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • How the hell is Phil Dowson not in the England team?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 23, 2010 6:40 pm  

  • what a game! great to see an exciting match between two english teams at last! the last few premiership games i've seen have been dire.

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at March 23, 2010 6:48 pm  

  • Weather, no relegation and the players on show mean that it's a pretty good game.

    Also, Chris White does nicely allowing advantage in the run up to a couple the tries which allows for continuity.

    With regards to the timing and location - it's only the LV Cup. It still guarantees Heineken Cup rugby for the next season so it's pretty important for the winner but...

    By Anonymous jackohos, at March 23, 2010 7:04 pm  

  • Being a super 14 supporter myself...I really enjoyed the highlights of that game...More games like that and I might just tune in more often...Great attitude by both teams.

    By Blogger Beatrootz, at March 23, 2010 7:13 pm  

  • @jockohos

    Alan Lewis actually.

    Great game. HC in 3 weeks, YUS!

    By Anonymous theboss, at March 23, 2010 7:21 pm  

  • awesome!

    By Blogger sebastian, at March 23, 2010 7:24 pm  

  • How did Neil Best?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 23, 2010 11:35 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 12:25 am  

  • Wow its like a super 14 match....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 12:34 am  

  • Agree with the above, but also:

    Great choice of clips! Finally clips without easy kicks, and with long passages of play.

    Lots of games are prob like this in GP, we just don't see those bits unless we have access/time to commit.

    BTW: Munster need to pay attention to N'hampton

    By Anonymous mise, at March 24, 2010 12:45 am  

  • Why is it always so much more exciting and entertaining seeing a prop run with the ball?
    Great game by the looks of it, hopefully a sign of what to come

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 12:50 am  

  • Good to see an english match have some pace. Flood and Geraghty should fight hardly the english 10 jersey right now, and Myler could put some pressure. England should do what France did with Trinh-duc, what Wales did with Biggar, what Ireland did with Sexton and what Australia did with James O'connor and Quade Cooper... It's running fly halve's time! Scotland should have a shot at Ruaridh Jackson at 10 as well.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at March 24, 2010 1:04 am  

  • I bet Ben Cohen feels sick watching a match like that with his old team coming out the victors... if only he had the patience to wait instead of being greedy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 1:54 am  

  • "Being a super 14 supporter myself...I really enjoyed the highlights of that game...More games like that and I might just tune in more often...Great attitude by both teams."

    Jesus, why do you always have to compare the two styles of rugby? What's it got to do with super 14?

    This was a fantastic game, and the reason why is that it actually had huge defence. Running one end to the other isn't impressive if you don't have to actually breakdown a defence and create your opportunities, so when a try is scored teams have had to work for it.

    There has been plenty of that in both the Top14, HC and GP this season, teams like Bath, Northampton Liecester, Tolouse, Perpignan all play open rugby when they have broken a team down.

    And ultimately not everyone wants to watch the boring basketball style dross that is peddled as running rugby by the Super 14 provinces.

    So comment on the game or don't comment on the game but lets not turn this into another NH vs SH crapathon.

    The only thing i would say about this game is it's a real shame the two teams were missing so many players, tindall, Foden etc.. what a stage that would have provided for them to showcase their talents.

    And why oh why was Lawes not in the match day squad for Paris? what a joke.

    Either way next week will be interesting seeing how Saints go in Munster in the HC off the back of that, and Gloucester go against Wasps in the Challenge -both are set to be massive games.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at March 24, 2010 8:29 am  

  • "And ultimately not everyone wants to watch the boring basketball style dross that is peddled as running rugby by the Super 14 provinces."

    Dude, you're clueless. Try watching a few matches and you'll see that it's not like that at all.

    The funny thing is that our assumptions about NH are based from watching it and being bored sh*tless, whereas yours are based on getting on the bandwagon of slagging off everything that you lot can't produce.

    Having said that, I myself do watch all rugby, and this game looked like a cracker. Now if only more were like it.

    And I dont think Beatrootz's comment was meant in a derogatory way at all. It was just that his eyes were opened to something he doesn't normally watch, which is great.

    So don't moan about the NH/SH, then bring it up and have a go yourself mate.

    By Anonymous Benson, at March 24, 2010 9:56 am  

  • "The funny thing is that our assumptions about NH are based from watching it and being bored sh*tless, whereas yours are based on getting on the bandwagon of slagging off everything that you lot can't produce."

    How's that for making an assumption?

    And I didn't bring it up, if beatrootz wasn't making comparisons then why bring it up, just comment on the game?

    I watch probably 99% of the rugby on TV, watching the Sharks game, on Saturday morning here, was embarrasing, constant moaning about the NH by the commentators and avoidance of a ruck by players at all costs. i lost count of the amount of guys who went into contact and threw the ball back along the ground rather then stay on their feet and try and drive through the contact - it was like watching a rugby league game without the tackles.

    The fact of it is not all super 14 rugby is amazing, I never said it was all basketball read my post agian, but the majority of it is just as boring dross as a forward dominated snoozathon, and on the flip not all NH rugby is boring forward orientated cr*p, the majority of it is big defence and phases to breakdown defences.

    Differnt styles of rugby are played by different teams, just enjoy your rugby and stop constantly turning this website into S14 vs the world.

    Because the majority of us are very very bored with this whole discussion now.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at March 24, 2010 12:15 pm  

  • I don't think it's ever the Super 14 fans who bring it up mate.

    Anyway, we'll agree to disagree. My argument is that the Super 14 (not just catching a random dud game every now and then) is far more enjoyable to watch than the GP/Magners League, BUT I can still watch those and enjoy them without feeling the need to slag them off to make myself feel better. I wish the same applied to everyone though.

    But fine, discussion over. It is boring as f*ck, yet it still amuses me for some reason.

    Anyhow, that try scored by #12 for Saints was immense. Brilliant build up to it and a few minutes of back and forth rugby.

    By Anonymous Benson, at March 24, 2010 12:39 pm  

  • Benson agreed... wasn't aiming any of my comments directly at you and no offence meant.

    agree about the saints rty tey've played some great attacking rugby over the last two seasons.

    By Anonymous goodNumber12, at March 24, 2010 12:52 pm  

  • How did this turn into more NH SH crap... Its really starting to put me off this site.. It was a cracker of a game can we not leave it there?!

    By Anonymous Outside, at March 24, 2010 1:54 pm  

  • what a match!!! I'm french so I don't know much about anglo-welsh cup, but the crowds were excited and the game too! both teams played a fantastic tough game. I hope that foden and geraghty will play for England for the next tests and 6 nations. love these players.

    By Anonymous 3/4 centre, at March 24, 2010 5:00 pm  

  • @ Outside, why would the comments of a few childish morons put you off this website? Ever seen youtube 'discussions'? Now that's awful.

    Just don't read the comments here if they bother you - it's the content that is posted that is quality. ie: videos, articles etc. :)

    By Anonymous Shaft, at March 24, 2010 5:05 pm  

  • good number 10.....i think you missed my point...as a Wellington Hurricanes supporter... I dont get into European Rugby.as I don't have the emotional attachment to any team or competition...so watching a game like this from a neutral perspective gives me the satisfaction pf enjoying the game for what it is ... Also I didnt slag the game off at all...It was a great game...I was leading more towards the Idea of 'I could get used to this Guinness Premiership'... anyway if I offended you then I'm sorry


    a fan of good rugby.

    By Blogger Beatrootz, at March 25, 2010 12:24 am  

  • Beatrootz, point taken. Sorry just so fed up with the constant NH/SH arguments on here thought it was another one of those.

    no offence taken/or meant.

    take care, peace

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at March 25, 2010 8:53 am  


    'I don't think it's ever the Super 14 fans who bring it up mate.'

    .........ARE YOU JOKING?!?!? SERIOUSLY!!!

    ..................at the risk of creating a ridiculously long post with copy and pasting, i think ill just laugh....

    ...more of shock laughter than hilarity laughter i might add!

    By Anonymous Olly, at March 25, 2010 9:57 am  

  • Haha good stuff Olly. :) I'm here all week

    By Anonymous Benson, at March 25, 2010 11:50 am  

  • Super 14 games are usually far better, sorry :)

    By Anonymous No.7, at March 25, 2010 2:08 pm  

  • I agree

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 27, 2010 6:41 am  

  • Saints supporter who was at this (brilliant) match - it was played like this for the full 80 minutes! Fair play to Gloucester for giving it some.

    By Blogger Matthew, at March 27, 2010 4:35 pm  

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