Win is all that matters for Voyce

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    Gloucester celebrate their LV= Cup final win against Newcastle

    It was third time lucky for Gloucester after losing the 2009 and 2010 finals


    Winger Tom Voyce insists the manner of victory does not matter after helping Gloucester land LV= Cup silverware.

    Voyce crossed for the first try in a 34-7 win against Newcastle, but Gloucester struggled at times to impose themselves, leading 10-0 at the break.

    “It might have been ugly, but at the end of the day everyone’s got to look at the result with a ‘W’ next to it,” Voyce told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    “That’s what it’s about, winning trophies, and we’ve done that.”

    Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and Charlie Sharples added tries midway through the second half that floored the Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens.

    “Two little moments like that can win you games and that’s what happened,” added stand-off Nicky Robinson, who landed 14 points with the boot and dictated Gloucester’s play, applying stifling pressure on Newcastle with his kicking out of hand.

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    “It wasn’t the perfect performance, but it’s hard to get that in a final. We were edgy at times, but the way the scoreboard shows we were pretty dominant in a lot of aspects of the game.

    “We struggled a bit for periods, but we managed to create something out of nothing and within a 10-minute period we scored a couple of tries and that put the game to bed. Once we got that 20-point lead it was always going to be difficult for Newcastle to come back.”

    The quick hands exhibited by Robinson, Fuimaono-Sapolu and Matt Cox on 58 minutes were exceptional as they cut through the Newcastle defence on the narrow side to send the Samoan in to score under the posts.

    And Sharples added another try eight minutes later, touching down in the corner as Gloucester extended their advantage to 27-0 and ensured they would win the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the third time of asking after losing to Cardiff Blues in 2009 and Northampton 12 months ago.

    Sharples told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: “We were always in control of the territory and possession and even though we were a little bit loose and didn’t play as well as we could have done we managed to put them to bed in the second half and win the silverware. That was the biggest thing.

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    “They had nothing to lose at the end, throwing it about a little bit, but they only got the one try so the defence wasn’t too bad and we’re thrilled to get the win.

    “It’s a huge milestone. We’re still aware of the task we’ve got left and we still very much want to be in contention for winning the Premiership, but it’s nice to put the LV= Cup to bed after three years and have it sitting on the mantelpiece.”

    Gloucester are third in the Premiership and the victory, which was rounded off by replacement hooker Darren Dawidiuk’s try at the death, also extended their winning run to 11 games.

    Voyce added: “It’s brilliant, a lot of relief off the boys and it’s a great way to carry on the rest of the season and potentially a double.”

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