RUGBY UNION

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

THE Auck­land- based Blues have been dealt a blow with lock Cu­lum Re­tal­lick side­lined for six months af­ter go­ing down in­jured in Su­per Rugby pre-sea­son train­ing. Re­tal­lick rup­tured the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee dur­ing a drill this week. Af­ter hav­ing a scan and con­sult­ing a spe­cial­ist, the 28-year-old is sched­uled to un­dergo surgery next year af­ter the swelling sub­sides. Re­tal­lick de­scribed his mis­for­tune as a cruel blow. DANNY Cipri­ani won brag­ging rights over friend James O’Con­nor af­ter the Sale Sharks cruised to a 15- 3 vic­tory over Lon­don Ir­ish in the English Pre­mier­ship yes­ter­day. Out of favour with Eng­land, Cipri­ani — who played with O’Con­nor at the Mel­bourne Rebels — cre­ated the open­ing try and booted a con­ver­sion and a penalty in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions. Cipri­ani’s hero­ics gave Sale their fifth league win of the sea­son and con­demned O’Con­nor’s Ex­iles to their eighth de­feat of the cam­paign.

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