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LV=Cup wrap: Saints sting Wasps

04th February 2012 16:50

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Northampton brace: Jamie Elliott

Northampton notched up seven tries for a comprehensive 57-10 LV=Cup victory over Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

The Saints were dominant from the outset and the win seals their place in the semi-finals. Wing Jamie Elliott and Noah Cato led the charge, scoring a brace of tries apiece.

Northampton led 22-3 at half-time after Elliot's first try and further efforts by Andy Long and James Craig. Wasps' only points of the half came via a penalty by debutant Will Robinson.

Referee Dean Richards also awarded Saints a penalty try in the second half and Cato soon got his name on to the scoresheet with his first try.

Joe Simpson got in for Wasps' solitary try but the hosts sealed the win with further efforts by Elliot, Alex Waller and Cato.

For Northampton:
Tries: Long, Craig, Elliott 2, Penalty try, Cato 2, Waller
Cons: Myler 7
Pens: Myler

For Wasps:
Tries: Simpson
Cons: NJ Robinson
Pens: W Robinson

Northampton: 15 Paul Diggin, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 George Pisi, 12 James Downey, 11 Noah Cato, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Martin Roberts, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Ben Nutley, 6 Calum Clark (c), 5 Christian Day, 4 James Craig, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Andy Long, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Samu Manoa, 21 Ryan Glynn, 22 Tom May, 23 Vasily Artemyev.

Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Lee Robinson, 13 Alex Cheesman, 12 Chris Mayor, 11 Richard Haughton, 10 Will Robinson, 9 Charlie Davies (c), 8 Victor Gresev, 7 Matt Everard, 6 Tinus DuPlessis, 5 Ed O'Donoghue, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Nathan Morris, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Vladislav Korshunov, 17 Bob Baker, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Joe Burton, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Nick Robinson, 23 Charlie Ingall.


London Irish 23-15 Gloucester

London Irish edged Gloucester 23-15 in their clash at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

London Irish full-back Tom Homer was his team's hero as he gave a faultless kicking display, scoring 18 points via six penalties.

Homer punished any infringements by the Cherry and Whites within goalkicking range and on two occasions he landed spot-kicks from 40 metres, as well as a monster effort from just inside the halfway mark.

The Exiles' only other points came through a try in the first half by hooker Brian Blaney, who scored after fly-half Dan Bowden and former England centre Shontayne Hape did well in the build-up.

London Irish did not have things going their own way though, and Gloucester's young wing Ian Clark almost upstaged Homer by scoring two well-taken tries.

Their other points came from a conversion and penalty former England captain Mike Tindall, who did duty at fly-half.

The scorers:

For London Irish:
Tries: Blaney
Pens: Homer 6

For Gloucester:
Tries: Clark 2
Cons: Tindall
Pens: Tindall

London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Richard Thorpe, 7 David Sisi, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Brian Blaney, 1 Clarke Dermody (capt).
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Mark George, 19 Kieran Roche, 20 Alex Gray, 21 Guy Armitage, 22 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Ross Samson.

Gloucester: 15 Tom Voyce, 14 Ian Clark, 13 Tim Molenaar, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Mike Tindall, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Andy Hazell, 6 Peter Buxton (capt), 5 Alex Brown, 4 Will James, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Dan Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Nick Runciman, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Akapusi Qera.


Leicester 24-13 Newcastle

Leicester eased past Newcastle 24-13 at Welford Road on Saturday.

The victory means that Leicester have secured their spot in the play-offs but despite fielding 11 internationals in their starting XV, they did not have things going their own way.

Number eight Thomas Waldrom opened the scoring after the tigers opted to turn down a kickable penalty and instead opted to kick for the touchline. Jeremy Staunton slotted the conversion before adding two further penalties but Newcastle struck back with two spot-kicks of their own from Jimmy Gopperth.

Staunton added two further penalties to give Leicester a 19-6 lead at the break. Their only points of the second half came through a try by George Skivington and the Falcons fought back with a try by Gopperth which he also converted.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: Waldrom, Skivington
Cons: Staunton
Pens: Staunton 4

For Newcastle:
Tries: Gopperth
Cons: Gopperth
Pens: Gopperth 2

Leicester: 15 Niall Morris, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Ben Woods (c), 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 George Skivington, 3 Julian White, 2 George Chuter, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Logoviii Mulipola, 18 Ryan Bower, 19 Craig Newby, 20 Julian Salvi, 21 James Grindal, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Andy Forsyth.

Newcastle: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Ryan Shortland, 13 Corne Uys, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Suka Hufanga, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Richard Mayhew, 6 Ally Hogg, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 James Hall, 2 Rob Vickers, 1 Jonny Golding.
Replacements: 16 Joe Graham, 17 Darren Fearn, 18 Ashley Wells, 19 Richard Boyle, 20 Taiasina Tu'ifua, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Jamie Helleur, 23 Joel Hodgson.


Sale 19-14 Scarlets

Sale pivot Nick Macleod's boot was the difference as the hosts held off Scarlets 19-14 at Edgeley Park.

The Manchester-based club's England flanker Hendre Fourie played brilliantly and was rewarded for his efforts by scoring a try on his home debut.

The Scarlets will breath a sigh of relief as the bonus point secured for losing by less than seven points secured them a semi-final berth.

Fourie's try came as early as the ninth minute and Welshman Macleod kicked 14 points via four penalties and a conversion to cap a fine all-round display.

The Scarlets points came through a try by Peter Edwards - who barged over the line after the Scarlets took a quick tap penalty - two penalties by Dan Newton and another three-pointer by replacement Stephen Jones.

The scorers:

For Sale:
Try: Fourie
Con: MacLeod
Pens: MacLeod 4

For Scarlets:
Try: Edwards
Pens: Newton 2, Jones

Sale: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou (capt), 11 Joaquin Tuculet, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Mark Easter, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Onosa'i Auva'a, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Wame Lewaravu, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Vadim Cobilas.
Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Lee Imiolek, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Tommy Taylor, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Luther Burrell, 23 Charlie Amesbury.

Scarlets: 15 Dan Newton, 14 Viliami Iongi, 13 Gareth Maule (capt), 12 Adam Warren, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Kieran Murphy, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Mat Gilbert, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Sione Timani, 3 Peter Edwards, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Craig Hawkins, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Liam Davies, 22 Stephen Jones, 23 Liam Williams.

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