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Redpath revels in Cup success

Head coach Bryan Redpath admitted he was "chuffed to bits" for everybody involved with Gloucester after they won the LV= Cup final by defeating Newcastle Falcons 34-7 at Franklin's Gardens.

Having lost the past two Anglo-Welsh cup finals, Nicky Robinson's imperious kicking display coupled with four tries proved enough for Gloucester to extend their winning streak to 11 games.

"The players stuck to a lot of basics," said Redpath. "I thought Nicky's kicking to that bottom right-hand corner was exceptional and it just frustrated Newcastle. It gave us a bit of strength and then we took our opportunities."

He added: "I am delighted for the players and the staff. I am absolutely chuffed to bits for everybody involved with the club."

Gloucester are arguably the country's in-form side and are still in the hunt for the Aviva Premiership crown, but Redpath wanted the players to let their hair down after Sunday's victory.

"We have got to enjoy tonight and have a few beers," he said. "Everyone can relax and then it is mine and the other coaches job to make sure we are focused again on Tuesday morning. The players should be happy about winning something because we set our sights to get as high as we can in the Premiership and win a competition."

Newcastle head coach Alan Tait believes the final was a game too far for his side.

The Falcons languish second-bottom in the league and surprised many by reaching the Anglo-Welsh cup final, having sneaked past Harlequins 21-20 in the semi-finals.

"I shook Bryan's hand after the game and the first thing I said to him was 'it was probably a job too far for us'", said Tait.

"Full credit to what they are doing at Gloucester. They looked the part even in the warm-up. They are a good outfit.


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