LV=Cup Wrap: Bath stun Quins

Date published: January 31 2015

Harlequins, Leicester and Gloucester all grabbed victories in the LV=Cup action across the competition on Saturday.


Harlequins 21-23 Bath
Leicester 17-8 Northampton
Gloucester 32-25 Ospreys
Scarlets 27-18 London Irish

Harlequins 21-23 Bath

Late drama at The Stoop saw Rory Jennings’ penalty snatch victory for Bath over Harlequins in an entertaining contest.

Matt Banahan broke open the scoring with the game’s first try inside the opening minutes to continue his good form this season, with his score converted by Will Homer.

Brother of London Irish goalkicker Tom, who is expected to join Bath next season, the number nine’s early penalty and Banahan’s try gave Bath a 10-0 advantage after just four minutes.

Tries from Harlequins wingers Tom Williams and Charlie Walker either side of an Evans penalty however flipped the game on its head, putting the hosts up 15-10.

Homer added a second penalty before the interval to keep the contest finely poised.

Two more penalties from Evans, the second generated by a powerful Quins scrum, gave his side some necessary breathing space as Bath started to irritate referee Ben Whitehouse.

Harlequins though would be the side to lose a man to the bin; a break from Tom Ellis creating a long phase of attack short of the home side’s posts which ended in a penalty try for Bath – Quins captain Mark Lambert seeing yellow with the score at 21-20.

A crazy final few minutes saw both sides threaten, before the crucial penalty from Jennings right in front secured Bath’s first win at The Stoop since 2006.

The scorers:

For Harlequins:
Tries: Williams, Walker
Con: Evans
Pens: Evans 3
Yellow Card: Lambert

For Bath:
Tries: Banahan, Penalty Try
Cons: Homer 2
Pens: Homer 2, Jennings

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Tom Casson, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Charlie Walker, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Jack Clifford, 6 Joe Trayfoot, 5 Sam Twomey, 4 George Merrick, 3 Mark Lambert (c), 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Darryl Marfo
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Seb Adeniran-Olule, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Henry Cheeseman, 21 Jordan Burns, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Ollie Lindsay-Hague

Bath: 15 Horacio Agulla, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Max Clark, 12 Matt Banahan, 11 Richard Lane, 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Will Homer, 8 David Sisi, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 6 Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Kane Palma-Newport, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Nick Auterac
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Beno Obano, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Micky Young, 22 Peter Stringer, 23 George Wacokecoke

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Healy (England), Paul Burton (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)

Leicester 17-8 Northampton

East Midlands derbies are never drab affairs and Leicester claimed the latest bragging rights with their victory at Welford Road.

Sebastian de Chaves wasted no time, grabbing the first try after five minutes after typically powerful work from the home pack.

Poor conditions didn’t favour the kickers but Will Hooley did land an effort to put Northampton on the board after 20 minutes.

Laurence Pearce then crashed over from close-range after an excellent break from Jack Roberts, putting Leicester 14-3 to the good by half-time.

Hope for Saints came in the form of Howard Packman’s try in the second half, latching on to Sam Olver’s grubber kick, as Leicester continued to reject kicks at goal.

Williams’ eventual strike restored some calm, enough for Leicester to take an unimpressive win save for the performance of Roberts.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: De Chaves, Pearce
Cons: Williams 2
Pen: Williams

For Northampton:
Pen: Hooley

Leicester: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Niall Morris, 13 George Catchpole, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Sam Harrison (c), 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Charlie Beckett, 21 David Mele, 22 Matt Smith, 23 Terrence Hepetema.

Northampton: 15 Tom Collins, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Howard Packman, 10 Will Hooley, 9 Joel Hodgson, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Teimana Harrison, 6 Phil Dowson (c), 5 Alex Woolford, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Gareth Denman, 2 Matti Williams, 1 Ethan Waller.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Adam Parkins, 19 Jordan Onojaife, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Alex Day, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Rory Hutchinson.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix (England), Simon McConnell (England)

Gloucester 32-25 Ospreys

Gloucester unleashed a youthful backline on their Welsh visitors to Kingsholm, winning well as a result despite a late scare.

The Ospreys received two yellow cards within a few minutes for both of their half-backs at the end of the first half as Gloucester racked up the tries, the boot of Sam Davies keeping the away side in the game.

Captain for the day Aled Thomas landed Gloucester’s first try after just three minutes before the Gloucester pack made their mark by winning a penalty try after a thundering rolling maul.

Scoreless after the opening quarter, the Ospreys countered with a Davies penalty and a try for centre Ben John to make it 14-10.

Billy Burns and Davies traded penalties before Ollie Thorley struck for Gloucester’s third try before half-time.

Daniel Thomas made it four tries for Gloucester after 45 minutes but Richard Fussell’s reply gave the Ospreys some hope at 29-20.

A penalty from captain Thomas came but Tom Grabham powered over for the Ospreys to put them within seven points, with Aleki Lutui heading to the bin. For the Ospreys however, time ran out.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: A Thomas, Penalty Try, Thorley, D Thomas
Cons: Burns 3
Pens: Burns, A Thomas
Yellow Card: Lutui

For Ospreys:
Tries: John, Fussell
Cons: Davies 2
Pens: Davies 2
Yellow Cards: Habberfield, Davies

Gloucester: 15 Aled Thomas (c), 14 Steph Reynolds, 13 Henry Purdy, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Dan Thomas, 5 Tom Hicks, 4 Elliot Stooke, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Dan Murphy
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Elliott Creed, 23 Kai Little

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Jonathan Spratt (c), 12 Ben John, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Ieuan Jones, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Tevita Cavubati, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Daniel Suter, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Gareth Thomas
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dwyer, 17 Tom Sloan, 18 Cai Griffiths, 19 Rhodri Hughes, 20 Ifereimi Boladau, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Joe Thomas, 23 Aisea Natoga

Referee: Andrew Jackson (England)
Assistant Referees: Darren Gamage (England), Kelvin Stewart (England)

Scarlets 27-18 London Irish

Three second-half tries from the Scarlets secured a comeback victory for the Welsh region against visiting London Irish.

Wales hooker Ken Owens returned to lead his side, but spent ten minutes in the bin just before half-time as Irish threatened the Scarlets line.

Steven Shingler knocked over two early penalties against his former club to start the scoring before another player facing a former side, Andy Fenby, scored for Irish to give them the lead.

Fly-half Myles Dorrian added two penalties to leave Irish ahead 13-6 by half-time.

The Scarlets then rallied, with Harry Robinson, Adam Warren and Kyle Evans finding their way to the line. A consolation try from Theo Brophy-Clewes came too little too late.

The scorers:

For Scarlets:
Tries: Robinson, Warren, Evans
Cons: Shingler 3
Pens: Shingler 2
Yellow Cards: Owens, Shingler

For Irish:
Tries: Fenby, Brophy-Clews
Con: Dorrian
Pens: Dorrian 2

Scarlets: 15 Josh Lewis, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Frazier Climo, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Kristian Phillips, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Rory Pitman, 7 Will Boyde, 6 Phil Day, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 4 George Earle, 3 Peter Edwards, 2 Ken Owens (c), 1 Phil John
Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Jack Payne, 20 Sion Bennett, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Kyle Evans

London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 James Short, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Eoin Griffin, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Myles Dorrian, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Dan Leo, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 6 Kieran Low, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Nic Rouse (c), 3 Leo Halavatau, 2 Jimmy Stevens, 1 Johnny Harris
Replacements: 16 Mike Mayhew, 17 Halani Aulika, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 David Lyons, 20 Ollie Curry, 21 Tom