Gloucester started their Cup campaign with a comfortable win against Newcastle Falcons despite the team receiving injuries to their influential players Ryan Mills and James Simpson-Daniel.
Rob Cook scored an early try in a half which never really got going for either side. The injuries of the two Gloucester players broke up the momentum of the game but they still found themselves ahead. It took The Falcons a while to find their feet in the match, making a few costly errors in the first half which Gloucester took full advantage of.
The second half started a lot brighter , after a penalty from Freddie Burns put Gloucester into a great position. Burns could have secured more points for his team but his next penalty very unfortunately hit the post.
The victory was sealed after Tindall made the most of a poor clearance to score the games winning try which Freddie Burns subsequently converted.
Sale Sharks also secured an LV Cup Victory over their bogey team Harlequins, who they hadn’t beaten in 8 games. The victory came all the more sweeter, having lost to Harlequines in the final of the cup the previous season.
The Sharks fell behind in the early stages but responded brilliantly after Gaskell sent Seymour through to score and Macleod converting the kick to bring them back on level terms.
With The Quins having a player sin-binned, Sale Sharks took full advantage of their extra player and went ahead after a superb team effort which led Miller scoring a great try.
Harlequins again fought back through Botica scoring two penalties either side of the half time whistle.
Victory was secured through Cipriani who secured his team’s fourth try of the game and converting the following kick.
Brilliant wins for both teams who can now look forward to the next round. You can keep up to date with the progress of both sides at USN Life.