Anglo-Welsh Cup wrap: Gloucester, Falcons and Worcester win

Date published: February 4 2017

Three games took place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday as Gloucester, Newcastle and Worcester all claimed pool victories.

Gloucester 24-13 Dragons

Gloucester ended Newport Gwent Dragons' Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign when they claimed a 24-13 victory at Kingsholm. 

It was a quiet start to the game, after a failed drop goal attempt from Dragons fly-half Dorian Jones. The first points only came in the 26th minute when Tom Prydie kicked over a penalty putting the visitors in the lead.

In the 38th minute Gloucester finally got into the game when prop Cameron Orr barged over the line to claim five points for his side.

Gloucester scored their second try just after half-time. Tom Denton was careening for the line before he was brought down by the defence just beforehand. Braley received the ball and spun it out to Trinder who scored.

The Dragons still had some fight in them and after a solid push from the Welsh side's forwards, the second-row Matthew Screech touched down.

Ben Vellacott then secured his side the win after he took a quick penalty and dove over for the try.

Screech would have the last say though as the lock scored again in the 78th minute, but it wasn't enough to get the win.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Orr, Trinder, Vellacott
Cons: Evans 3 
Pens: Evans

For Newport Gwent Dragons:
Screech 2
Pens: Prydie

Gloucester: 15 Mat Protheroe, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Elliott Creed, 11 Tom Hudson, 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Callum Braley (c), 8 Freddie Clarke, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Tom Denton, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Cameron Orr
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Josh McNulty, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Charlie Beckett, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Purdy, 23 Will Safe

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Charlie Davies, 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Nick Crosswell, 6 James Thomas, 5 Ashley Sweet, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Thomas Rhys Thomas (c), 1 Sam Hobbs
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Sam Beard 

Referee: Rhys Thomas (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix (England), Andrew P Jackson (Engla

Newcastle 16-15 Bath

Newcastle ended their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign with a 16-15 win over Bath at Kingston Park, thanks to a late try from Zach Kibirige.

It was 3-3 at the break after Adam Hastings' penalty on 30 minutes was cancelled out by Falcons fly-half Craig Willis with time nearly up.

Willis made it 6-3 on 44 minutes but Bath wing Jack Wilson would claim a try nine minutes into the second-half as the visitors led 8-6.

Fly-half Willis struck again on the hour mark though to nudge his charges back in front at 9-8, with the match set to go down to the wire.

Will Homer then crossed for Bath on 64 minutes as they moved six points clear but Kibirige's late try was converted by Willis for the win.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Try: Kibirige
Con: Willis
Pens: Willis 3

For Bath:
Tries: Wilson, Homer
Con: Hastings
Pen: Hastings

Newcastle: 15 Mike Delany, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Nick Reynolds, 12 Fred Burdon (c), 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Michael Young, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Harrison Orr, 5 Glen Young, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Ben Sowrey, 1 Adam Brocklebank
Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Nili Latu, 21 Sam Egerton, 22 Dan Marshall, 23 Tom Penny

Bath: 15 Harry Davies, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Max Clark, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Chris Cook, 8 David Denton, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 6 David Sisi, 5 Tom Ellis, 4 Levi Douglas, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Sam Nixon, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Paul Grant, 21 Will Homer, 22 Darren Atkins, 23 Tom Homer

Referee: Dewi Phillips (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales (England), Lionel Spooner (England)

Cardiff Blues 38-53 Worcester

Worcester ended their Anglo-Welsh Cup on a positive note as they beat Cardiff Blues 53-38 in what was a dead rubber at Cardiff Arms Park.

The Warriors led 36-17 at the turnaround as full-back Josh Adams (2), loosehead prop Val Rapava Ruskin, openside flanker Sam Lewis and outside centre Wynand Olivier all went over for tries, with fly-half Ryan Mills converting four of those scores to go with his early penalty goal.

In reply, number eight Cam Dolan and wing Harri Millard crossed for Cardiff Blues, with fly-half Steven Shingler knocking over seven points.

Scrum-half Tomos Williams cut the gap for Cardiff Blues but Bryce Heem soon hit back on 49 minutes to make it 43-29 to the visiting outfit.

Francois Hougaard was Worcester's next scorer but this time it was the Blues who responded with Millard grabbing his second soon after.

Cardiff Blues were still 48-31 behind with time running down so when centre Olivier claimed his second crossing on 68 minutes, home fly-half Jarrod Evans' try four minutes proved to be just a consolation as Worcester claimed an impressive victory in an entertaining pool game.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Dolan, Millard 2, Williams, Evans
Cons: Shingler 4, Evans
Pen: Shingler

For Worcester:
Tries: Adams 2, Ruskin, Lewis, Olivier 2, Heem, Hougaard
Cons: Mills 5
Pen: Mills

Cardiff Blues: 15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Teri Gee, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Garyn Smith, 11 Harri Millard, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Cam Dolan (c), 7 Jake Thomas, 6 Seb Davies, 5 James Down, 4 Ben Edwards, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Marc Thomas
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Ben Leung, 19 Sion Bennett, 20 James Sheekey, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Steve Shingler, 23 Gavin Dacey

Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (c), 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Chris Vui, 5 Will Spencer, 4 Darren Barry, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Perry Humphreys

Referee: Steve Lee (England)
Assistant Referees: Elgan Williams (Wales), Gerard English (Wales)