Local knowledge helped kicking decision at the Ricoh
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.”