Northampton Saints book Heineken Cup place

Northampton booked a European Cup place for next season when they defeated Gloucester 30-24 on Sunday in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Saints’ win was secured through tries by prop Soane Tonga’uiha, centre James Downey and scrum-half Lee Dickson.

Fly-half Stephen Myler’s 100-percent goalkicking produced 15 points while opposite number Nicky Robinson kicked 14 points, including the conversion of a penalty try, while flanker Akapusi Qera also touched down.

Sunday’s victory could also be the first part of treble this season with Northampton facing a European Cup quarter-final against Munster on April 10 while they are also just two points behind Premiership leaders Leicester.

“Cup finals are all about winning. You would take 3-0 in a final, but it is more encouraging when you can go out and play like that,” said Northampton coach Jim Mallinder.

“There were two teams who wanted to play rugby, and I thought it was a good advert for the game.”

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