Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Harlequins win in LV Cup

Last weekend, most of the rugby fans in Europe focused on the fifth round of Six Nations. There was, however, one more interesting match which is worth mentioning. Harlequins defeated Sale Sharks 32:14 in the LV Cup final. Although reaching the final by the Premiership Champions was not a big surprise it was quite a success for Sale Sharks. The teams are 40 points away from each other in the league table! The North-West club knocked out some big names on their way to the final, for example, Saracens. Sharks’ supporters were full of hope that the cup final victory will be a bright moment of a rather miserable season. Unlucky for them Harlequins were just too strong on that day. Sale Sharks played well; creating lots of dangerous situations, which were not clinical enough, so most of them ended up with turnovers or knock-ons.  Andy Powell deserves a special mention as he was once again one of the best players on the pitch. Sharks returned from Worcester without a trophy but they deserve a lot of respect for their efforts. Their fans can only hope that successful LV Cup campaign will be encouraging for the team and good form will be carried over to the Aviva Premiership matches. Wins are much needed as the team only very lately moved up from the last place in the table, thanks to London Welsh who were deducted five points.

For the Harlequins, wining the LV Cup when their best players were on the national duty is a massive success. It confirms that the club has produced good young players and has got plenty of talents to choose from. Players who normally don’t play too much in the league took their chances and performed in truly impressive style. Quins are becoming the major force not only in the UK but in the entire Europe. They have big ambitions, players and coaches want to win every competition they are in. One-third of this task has been accomplished. Next targets are Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup titles. If they manage to achieve these, they will be the first team claiming three crowns in one season. Good luck!