Ahead of the LV= Cup Final on Sunday March 20 at Franklin’s Gardens, please find the regulations below should the fixture finish tied at full-time.
In the event of a tie at full-time at either semi-final or the final the winner of that shall be determined by:
i. extra-time of 20 minutes (10 minutes each way); then
ii if the scores are tied after extra-time, then the team that has scored the most tries in the match (including extra time) shall be deemed the winner; then
iii if the teams have scored the same number of tries in the match (including extra-time), then the winner will be determined by a place-kick competition.
In the match
Gloucester will battle it out with Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday to become the new holders of the LV= Cup after winning through to their second consecutive final.
The Cherry & Whites lost last season’s showpiece in a thrilling encounter at Sixways against Northampton, but gave themselves another shot at glory after a 45-17 semi- final win over injury- hit Newport Gwent Dragons. Bryan Redpath’s men had the game effectively sewn up by half- time after establishing a 17-0 interval lead through tries from Andy Hazell, Eliota Fuimaono- Sapolu and Nicky Robinson. Gloucester continued to dominate in the second half and wing Charlie Sharples enjoyed a memorable afternoon with four tries in a devastating 21- minute spell. It was 51 minutes before the Dragons found themselves on the scoreboard when Adam Jones crashed over, and Aled Brew and Jevon Groves added two further consolation tries late on.
Having lost their three previous cup semi- finals, Newcastle looked to be heading for more heartbreak against Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop. However a last- gasp Tane Tu’ipulotu touchdown in front of the Falcons’ travelling support saw them through to their first final since winning an equally dramatic Powergen Cup clash with Sale in 2004. Jimmy Gopperth was Newcastle’s other try- scorer and the New Zealander also contributed 11 points through his accurate boot. Newcastle have met Gloucester once this season in the league, emerging 12-6 winners from a dour Aviva Premiership encounter at Kingston Park on 21st November 2010 when Gopperth supplied all their points through four penalties.