Lo­cal knowl­edge helped kick­ing de­ci­sion at the Ri­coh

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

DANNY Cipri­ani’s knowl­edge of the Ri­coh Arena helped give him the nod on Glouces­ter’s kick­ing du­ties in their win over Wasps.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional racked up a 15-point haul on the re­turn to his for­mer club, hav­ing called Coven­try his home be­fore join­ing Glouces­ter in the sum­mer.

Billy Twel­ve­trees started the sea­son as the kicker but when he was left out of the start­ing lineup for the de­feat against Har­lequins, Cipri­ani took over.

Although Twel­ve­trees was back in the side against Wasps, Cipri­ani con­vinced di­rec­tor of rugby David Humphreys that he could con­tinue, slot­ting over three penal­ties and three con­ver­sions in the 35-21 tri­umph.

“He said he knew the sta­dium in­side out,” said Twel­ve­trees af­ter con­ced­ing kick­ing du­ties to Cipri­ani. “Danny’s a great kicker. “We’re both very com­pet­i­tive and want to kick but that’s why we’ve got a di­rec­tor of rugby to choose that.

“Danny’s been great, putting us on the front foot and the back line are en­joy­ing play­ing with him and the team are just grow­ing as a unit.”

Glouces­ter’s first win at the Ri­coh Arena was a huge psy­cho­log­i­cal boost head­ing into two Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup games against Castres at home on Sun­day (1pm) and then Mun­ster away.

Twel­ve­trees said: “To end this block of Premier­ship games (with a win) is mas­sive and to get the win away from home is huge go­ing into the Eu­ro­pean block.

“To be at home next week is huge for us and we know that Eu­ro­pean com­pe­ti­tion is all about mo­men­tum and start­ing well.

“It will be a huge week for us, for the city and the club go­ing for­ward.”

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