Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Quins ease past Sharks to claim LV= Cup

Tom Williams scored the first try for Harlequins as they beat Sale to win the LV= Cup

Harlequins secured the first of a possible trophy treble this season as they lifted the LV= Cup with a 32-14 four-try victory over Sale at Sixways.

The victory marks the first time Quins have won the domestic knock-out cup, in any of its various guises, since 1991. Wing Tom Williams, number eight Tom Guest, centre Tom Casson and flanker Luke Wallace all crashed over for Quins, while fly-half Ben Botica added 12 points with two penalties and three conversions.

The Sharks' only touchdown came in the second half when centre Johnny Leota finished off some good work to add to three Danny Cipriani penalties. But it proved nothing more than a consolation.

Quins' victory was deserved and they will now look to win the Aviva Premiership title again while they are still in with a shot at the Heineken Cup.

Quins raced out of the blocks to go 8-0 up early on. Botica landed the first points when he kicked a 40-metre penalty before scrum-half Karl Dickson fed Williams to go over in the right corner.

It was the worst possible start for Sale but Quins' try sparked the Sharks into action and Cipriani grabbed their first points with a 25-metre penalty.

Quins were awarded a five-metre scrum on the opposition line which Guest picked-up sweetly to drive over the line.

Cipriani pulled back another three points from 20 metres but only with the help of the post to deflect it over the crossbar but that was cancelled out by Botica's second penalty just before half-time to give Quins a 12-point advantage.

Cipriani booted his third penalty after the break but Quins turned up the volume and two tries in nine minutes from Casson and Wallace put the Londoners in the driving seat at 32-9.

Sale brought a try at last when Leota finished off a neat move near the Quins posts but it was too late as the fans from London celebrated their victory.

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