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Danny Cipriani quick to win over new Gloucester team mates with man of the match debut show

Mirror logo Mirror 03/09/2018 Alex Spink

© David Rogers/Getty Image Danny Cipriani has won over his new Gloucester team mates - a fortnight after bringing unwanted attention on the club.

The England fly-half, convicted of assault during a pre-season trip to Jersey, marked his Premiership debut with a man of the match display.

“We know the truth behind what happened in Jersey,” said Gloucester captain Ed Slater. “We back Danny to the hilt.

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“I know the story came out and people will make their own minds up about that but I have no complaints.

“There is no hesitation from any player that we are behind him. It’s as simple as that. I can’t knock the bloke at all.”

Cipriani, 30, delivered the game’s decisive moment in front of England boss Eddie Jones with a spectacular no-look pass which cut out three Saints defenders as it looped 21 metres to try scorer Charlie Sharples.

Lawrence Dallaglio hailed it as an “absolutely unbelievable” piece of skill and Slater waxed lyrical about the “quarterback” role played by the new man.

“‘What do you want to play? What areas of the field? What are you seeing, thinking?’ These are my questions to Danny,” said the Cherry and Whites skipper.

“I’ll take guidance from what he sees because he is an experienced head. He has been around the block. It is good to have that experience alongside me.

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“He has come in and made a huge difference to our training intensity, to our expectation levels.”

Slater added: “Danny has got a profile which you could argue no-one else at the club has so he stands out on his own a little bit here.

“He knows he attracts attention, good and bad. But you’ll see his talking done on the pitch.”

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Cipriani was one of two Test fly-halves making their debuts at Kingsholm but Dan Biggar won’t want to be reminded of that.

The Wales No10 fluffed three restarts in a Northampton team performance that fell way below expectation.

“I’m grumpy,” admitted new boss Chris Boyd. “I don't think I have ever been in a game where a side has been penalised 21 times.

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“Dan was a mixed bag. The guy sets incredibly high standards and he’s got his head down in the changing room. Three skill errors at the kick off. He won’t be happy with that at all.”

GLOUCESTER - Tries: Hanson, Sharples. Con: Twelvetrees. Pens: Twelvetrees 5.

NORTHAMPTON - Try: Francis, Lawes. Pens: Biggar 2.


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