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Gloucester's Charlie Sharples wants repeat performance

Charlie Sharples in action against Newport Gwent Dragons
Sharples breaks the despairing final tackle to cross for the third of his four tries

Charlie Sharples believes Gloucester can win the LV= Cup if they take the same attitude that saw them beat Newport Gwent Dragons into the final.

Winger Sharples crossed for four tries in a 45-17 win to set up a match with Newcastle at Northampton on Sunday.

"We knew they'd be fired up and weren't going to underestimate them by any means," Sharples told BBC Gloucester.

"We can't look at the league, how many games Newcastle have won or how they're performing. Anyone can win a final."

The victory makes it 10 wins in a row for Gloucester, but they have lost in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in each of the last two years and have lost their last two meetings against the Falcons.

Sharples added: "It depends who turns up on the day. We're not going to be underestimating them by any means.

"We're just going to take the confidence and momentum that we've got from the last 10 games and learn what we've learnt from the last two finals and fingers crossed we can come away with a trophy."

The 20-year-old believes the squad will not feel any pressure from the burden of trying to make it third time lucky in the final after defeats to Cardiff Blues in 2009 and Northampton 12 months ago.

And the first-half performance against the Dragons will help keep the intensity high in training before they head to Franklin's Gardens for the Sunday showdown.

"We underperformed," said Sharples. "Our defence wasn't great and our attack wasn't firing.

"There were a lot of line breaks and if they'd finished their opportunities they could have been in the lead, it was that close.

"Luckily they didn't take those and that flattered us on the scoreboard, we managed to find ourselves 17 points clear and then our attack came together in the second half and we managed to run away with it."

While Sharples took the plaudits for plundering the points with his four tries in the second half he himself was heaping praise on stand-off Nicky Robinson.

"Sometimes on the wing the ball doesn't stop coming your way," he said. "Last week Tom Voyce got his two tries and then this week the ball came my way a little bit more.

"Nicky's been playing outstanding rugby the last couple of weeks. He's really been the centre of our good performances and he played very well, put us in all the right positions and got our attack going."

Newcastle secured their spot in the final with a last-minute 21-20 win at Harlequins which made it three wins in a row for the Falcons.



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