- Saracens run in five tries to set up home semi-final with Northampton Saints
- Leicester Tigers are the other home team in the final four and they will welcome Exeter to Welford Road
- Ospreys end LV= Cup campaign on a high as they beat Bath Rugby to ensure they don’t end pool stages winless
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Sale Sharks 38 Scarlets 3
Tom Arscott scored twice as Sale Sharks signed off this season’s LV=Cup campaign with a resounding win over the Scarlets at the AJ Bell Stadium. Steve Diamond's side were never behind in the match and Dan Braid's early try followed by scores for Mike Haley and Arscott meant Sale took a commanding lead into the break. Arscott's second confirmed the bonus point for the home side before Tom Brady and Viliami Fihaki's tries added gloss to a dominant performance.
Tries: Braid, Haley, Arscott 2, Brady, Fihaki
Conversions: Macleod 3, Ford
Cardiff Blues 9 Leicester Tigers 43
Sebastian de Chaves admits captaining Leicester Tigers to an LV= Cup victory over Cardiff Blues was one of the highlights of his career. The 24-year-old led his side out at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and helped inspire a comeback victory which saw the Tigers score 43 unanswered points and secure a home draw for the semi-final.
Gareth Davies' boot had given the home side a 9-0 lead before Owen Williams scored a penalty and two tries in two minutes which got the Tigers into their groove.
They came out with real menace in the second half and tries from Tommy Bell, David Mele and a double from Adam Thompstone sealed an emphatic win.
Penalties: Davies 3
Tries: Balmain, Morris, Mele, Bell, Thompstone 2
Conversions: Williams 3, Bell 2
Bath Rugby 10 Ospreys 13
Bath head coach Neal Hatley believes that his side were let down by their accuracy after they fell 13-10 to Ospreys at the Rec in the LV= Cup. Bath went into the break 10-3 up after Richard Lane and Max Lahiff crossed over. Crucially, fly-half Ollie Devoto was unable to slot home the conversions.
In the second period Ospreys gradually clawed themselves back into the game through the boot of Sam Davies who added to his first half penalty with a second ten minutes from time.
And despite a late surge at the Osprey's line, a penalty saw fortunes reversed as Davies' kick placed the visitors deep into Bath territory where substitute Matthew Dwyer ran in under the posts on 78 minutes for his maiden Osprey's try and the win.
Tries: Lane 13, Lahiff 36
Tries: Dwyer 78
Conversions: Davies 79
Penalties: Davies 18, 69
Tries: Dwyer 78
London Irish 13 Newcastle Falcons 31
London Irish boss Glenn Delaney was left frustrated at the final whistle after seeing his Exiles ship five tries against Newcastle Falcons and end their LV= Cup campaign winless. After a promising start to the game in which they led, London Irish conceded five times as Will Welch, Alesana Tuilagi, Ally Hogg (twice) and Jamie Helleur all touched down for the Falcons in what turned out to be a one-sided encounter. What made the result all the more surprising was Newcastle showed a total of 13 changes to the team that ran out 39-19 winners over Sale Sharks at Kingston Park last weekend, with Eric Fry and Scott MacLeod the two unchanged names.
Penalties: Dorrian 2
Tries: Welch, Tuilagi, Hogg 2, Helleur
Conversions: Catterick 3
Tries: Welch, Tuilagi, Hogg 2, Helleur
Gloucester Rugby 25 Harlequins 7
Steph Reynolds scored the pick of the tries as Gloucester Rugby secured a comfortable victory over Harlequins at Kingsholm. Dan Thomas and the boot of Aled Thomas gave the home side an early advantage although Ugo Monye narrowed the gap before half-time. However, Jacob Rowan's close-range score and Reynolds' impressive effort sealed the win in the second half. Following their victory, Gloucester anxiously kept an eye on Sunday's game between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs, knowing they would qualify for the semi-finals as Pool 1 winners if Sarries lost. Saracens won on the day.
Tries: D Thomas, Rowan, Reynolds
Conversions: A Thomas 2
Penalties: A Thomas 2
Northampton Saints 29 Wasps 6
Northampton Saints assistant coach Alan Dickens insists his side's defensive efforts were their greatest asset as they prevented Wasps from scoring a try to secure themselves an LV= Cup semi-final place. The visitors enjoyed the lion's share of territory and possession in the first half at Franklin's Gardens, but a determined Saints limited them to just two Alex Lozowski penalties.
Going forward, a try from debutant Ahsee Tuala was added to by scores from Phil Dowson, Jamie Elliott and Kahn Fotuali'i, as the hosts continued their efforts to reach a second consecutive LV= Cup Final.
Tries: Tuala, Dowson, Elliott, Fotuali'I
Conversions: Olver 3
Pens: Lozowski 2
Newport Gwent Dragons 17 London Welsh 13
London Welsh assistant coach Gordon Ross admits his side lacked composure after they threw away a golden opportunity to claim their first win of the 2014/15 campaign. Despite leading Newport Gwent Dragons by ten points at half-time, tries from Richie Rees and Tom Prydie turned the LV= Cup tie on its head. The Exiles are rock bottom of the Premiership Rugby table, having lost all four of their LV= Cup pool matches and have fared little better in Europe. And Ross says his team must learn to believe in themselves after they failed to get over the line at Rodney Parade.
Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Rees, Prydie
Conversions: Prydie 2
Penalties: Roberts 2
Saracens 35 Exeter Chiefs 18
Saracens skills coach Joe Shaw admits Maro Itoje is playing like a veteran after the 20-year-old captained his side into the last four of the LV= Cup in a 35-18 victory over Exeter Chiefs and put in a typically dynamic performance. Tim Streather, Nick de Jager (2), Catalin Fercu and Matt Hankin all dotted down for the hosts, while Sam Skinner and Tom James briefly sparked a revival from Exeter.
Sarries have sealed a home semi-final against Northampton Saints while the Chiefs are aiming to lift the LV=Cup for a second time after last season’s triumph became their first piece of major silverware in their history. However, they must win against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road to reach the LV= Cup Final at Franklin's Gardens.
Tries: Streather, de Jager 2, Fercu, Hankin
Conversions: Spencer 5
Tries: Skinner, James
Penalties: Sweeney 2