Cipri­ani re­turns to haunt Wasps with dis­play of per­fect judg­ment

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Glouces­ter head coach Jo­han Ack­er­mann praised Danny Cipri­ani’s huge im­pact as the out­side-half guided his side to a de­served win over his for­mer club Wasps at the Ri­coh Arena.

Cipri­ani col­lected a 15-point haul by kick­ing three penal­ties and three conversions to add to two tries from Char­lie Sharples and one apiece for Ben Vel­la­cott and Lewis Lud­low.

Ack­er­mann said: “Af­ter a cou­ple of de­feats the guys were be­gin­ning to doubt them­selves, but Danny has been re­ally up­beat and pos­i­tive all week. He brings a lot of be­lief in his own abil­ity and gives be­lief to the other play­ers, and to­day he had a good bal­ance by kick­ing and run­ning at the right times.”

It was still a some­what er­ratic per­for­mance from Glouces­ter as they started badly but then built up a 20-7 half-time lead, be­fore al­low­ing Wasps to pull back to within two points. It was not un­til the last five min­utes that the win was even­tu­ally sealed.

Ack­er­mann added: “We showed more com­po­sure un­der pres­sure but we started poorly and chucked away a lead, so the way we re­sponded was the big­gest pos­i­tive. Our for­wards were good and we nicked a cou­ple of turnovers, and at the end Ed Slater and Danny showed good body lan­guage to help get us over the line.”

Glouces­ter now turn to Europe, where they face a huge chal­lenge against French cham­pi­ons Cas­tres in the Cham­pi­ons Cup at King­sholm next Sun­day. Ack­er­mann said: “They are a mas­sive side and we’ll need a change of tac­tics, but we’ve got a plan in place that we will look at this week.”

Wasps re­sponded with tries from Dan Rob­son, Elliot Daly and Juan de Jongh, with Billy Searle con­vert­ing all three. Glouces­ter were the de­served win­ners, though, as their for­wards con­trolled long pe­ri­ods of the match and Wasps badly miss­ing their tal­is­man, Joe Launch­bury.

Wasps di­rec­tor of rugby Dai Young ad­mit­ted: “We lacked real in­ten­sity and en­ergy and were very poor, which is very dis­ap­point­ing. There was a bla­tant for­ward pass for one of their tries, but our luck ran out.”

The loss of lively scrum-half Rob­son with an in­jury just be­fore half-time did not help Wasps’ cause. Young said: “It looked nasty and he’s got his foot in a boot. He will have a scan in the next 24 hours, but it doesn’t look great. Hope­fully he will be out for weeks rather than months.”

Pass master: Danny Cipri­ani gets the ball away to keep Glouces­ter in con­trol yes­ter­day

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