- Exeter Chiefs see off late Newport Gwent Dragons comeback to secure a final-four place
- Leicester Tigers, Saracens and Cardiff Blues all have a semi-final chance as they remain unbeaten
- London Irish, Ospreys and London Welsh remain winless ahead of final pool games
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Harlequins 21 Bath Rugby 23
A late Rory Jennings penalty completed a Bath Rugby fight back and gave them their second LV=Cup win of the season over Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop. It looked like it would be plain sailing for the visitors who came flying out of the blocks and raced to a 10-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes. But tries from Tom Williams and Charlie Walker halted the Bath stampede and gave Harlequins control of the match. However, after Mark Lambert saw yellow with ten minutes remaining, Bath capitalised and Jennings' kick sealed the victory.
Tries: Williams, Walker
Penalties: Evans 3
Tries: Banahan, penalty
Conversions: Homer 2
Penalties: Homer 2, Jennings
Gloucester Rugby 32 Ospreys 25
Aled Thomas set Gloucester Rugby on their way to a bonus-point victory over Ospreys as they kept their qualification hopes alive in the LV= Cup. Thomas touched down with less than five minutes played at Kingsholm before a penalty try and 18-year-old Ollie Thorley's score ensured a 22-13 half-time lead for the hosts. Ben John's interception try and the boot of fly-half Sam Davies had kept the Ospreys in touch but Dan Thomas went over early in the second half to wrap up the four-try bonus point. Richard Fussell and Tom Grabham gave Gloucester a late scare but the Cherry and Whites held on for a 32-25 victory, their second win in three LV= Cup games.
Tries: A Thomas, Penalty, Thorley, D Thomas
Conversions: Burns 3
Penalties: Burns, A Thomas
Tries: John, Fussell, Grabham
Conversions: Davies 2
Penalties: Davies 2
Leicester Tigers 17 Northampton Saints 8
For Leicester, a third win in as many games puts them on the brink of an LV= Cup semi-final knowing they will head into the final round of games with their fate in their own hands. And of all the youngsters on show at Welford Road, coach Geordan Murphy singled out centre Jack Roberts, who joined from Rotherham last October, for special praise. "He's a nuggety little centre who reminds me of Tom Youngs," said Murphy. "He has a great turn of pace and good skills".
Tries: De Chaves, Pearce
Conversions: Williams 2
Scarlets 27 London Irish 18
London Irish coach Richard Whiffin insists his side only had themselves to blame as they let a half-time lead slip in the LV= Cup. Former Scarlet Andy Fenby had put the visitors ahead at the interval, with Myles Dorrian cancelling out Steve Shingler's two early penalties after both Ken Owens and Shingler were sent to the sin-bin. But Harry Robinson, Adam Warren, and Kyle Evans all went over for the hosts in the second-half, and not even a late Theo Brophy-Clews score could rescue London Irish from their third defeat of the competition.
Tries: Robinson, Warren, Evans
Conversions: Shingler 3
Penalties: Shingler 2
Tries: Fenby, Brophy-Clews
Penalties: Dorrian 2
Wasps 42 Cardiff Blues 45
Thomas Young's double try wasn't enough for Wasps as Cardiff Blues produced a remarkable comeback at the Ricoh Arena to leave their hosts' LV= Cup dreams hanging by a thread. Wasps appeared to be cruising to an easy victory as they led 42-17. Macauley Cook and Lewis Jones had given the Blues some cause for celebration in the first half before they truly roared back in the second thanks to Miles Normandale, Lucas Amorosino and Seb Davies scores. That narrowed the deficit to 42-38 before Normandale barrelled over as time expired to secure a memorable 45-42 win for the Welsh side in a game for the ages. The loss leaves Wasps four points behind table-topping Leicester Tigers in Pool 3 entering the final round of fixtures while Cardiff move to the top of Pool 2.
Tries: Helu, penalty, Young 2, Tagicakibau, Thompson
Conversions: Lozowski 6
Tries: Cook, Jones, Normandale 2, Amorosino, S Davies
Conversions: Patchell 6
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 Exeter Chiefs 37
Exeter Chiefs skills coach Ricky Pellow paid tribute to a scrummaging master class from his pack after the reigning LV= Cup champions marched into the semi-finals of the competition with a win at Newport Gwent Dragons.
The Chiefs had to weather a second-half fight back from the home side, after tries from centres Adam Hughes and Tom James, wing Fetu'u Vainikolo and No. 8 Sam Skinner had given them the advantage and a guaranteed bonus point. The Dragons would not lie down however, and scores from lock Cory Hill, replacements Luc Jones and Scott Matthews and full-back Jason Tovey earned them two bonus points, despite a late penalty try for Exeter when the Dragons scrum collapsed on their own line.
Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Hill, L Jones, Matthews, Tovey
Conversions: Prydie 3
Penalties: Prydie 2
Tries: Hughes, Vainikolo, James, Skinner, Penalty
Conversions: Sweeney 3
Penalties: Sweeney 2
London Welsh 15 Saracens 20
London Welsh assistant coach Matthew Ferguson admitted his side's 20-15 LV= Cup defeat to Saracens was a bitter pill to swallow after seeing the chance of a first win of the season slip through their fingers. The Exiles looked on course to finally end their 21-match losing run in all competitions after two tries from Tongan international Opeti Fonua plus five points from the boot of Tristan Roberts had them 15-14 ahead with just ten minutes remaining. But Saracens' Ben Spencer, one of two Saracens try scorers along with Jared Saunders, broke Welsh hearts as he held his nerve with two tricky penalties late on to snatch the win at the Kassam Stadium. The result leaves London Welsh bottom of Pool 4.
Drop goal: Roberts
Tries: Spencer, Saunders
Conversions: Spencer 2
Penalties: Spencer 2
Newcastle Falcons 39 Sale Sharks 19
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards admits he has some selection headaches after his side produced an imperious display against Sale Sharks in the LV= Cup. After losing their first two games in the competition, the Falcons responded in style as winger Lee Smith grabbed himself a double in the 39-19 win at Kingston Park. Alex Rogers and Josh Furno dotted down from the back of driving mauls while No. 8 Uili Kolo'ofai also crossed the whitewash as the hosts racked up five tries. Sale did grab a consolation score through Viliami Fihaki but, in truth, Steve Diamond's men were overpowered by a physically imposing, well-drilled Falcons outfit.
Tries: Rogers, Smith 2, Kolo'ofai Tries: Fihaki
Conversions: Clegg 2, Godman
Penalties: Clegg 2
Penalties: Ford 4