Sunday, 26 February 2012

Six tries against Wasps - Cipriani signs contract with Sale

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The Friday evening did not dissappoint me at all. Sale Sharks beat London Wasps 46-34. More than 7800 spectators saw 9 tries, six of them by Sale. Form the very beginning Sharks dominated on the pitch, although, in the first half of the game Wasps managed to keep the score tight (once even being in front of the score line). Sharks demonstrated great initiative. It looks like Steve Diamond’s work started to bring in some nice results. Sale were playing very positive rugby and were very dangerous in the attacking. Especially good game was played by the captain - Sam Tuitupou, who scored two tries and Andy Powell who became the man of the match. The Welshman was almost unstoppable, his every attack was a big test for Wasps' defensive lines. As a supporter I'm very satisfied with the way Sharks played on Friday, team is getting better and better and still has the chance to qualify to play-off stages.
 
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Apart from Friday game's emotions, audience was excited by the rumours that Danny Cipriani is going to be Steve Dioamond's newest deal. Although it's still unofficial news (it’s going to be announced to the public on Tuesday), I know from the reliable source that Danny’s deal has been already finalized, and this player will sign three years' contract with Sale Sharks. Apart from being a big rugby talent, Cipriani is also know for his past misbehaviour. His romance with top model, night clubs' incidents, or a punch-up with a team mate made front pages of tabloids. Sports history of this player is a short romance with the English team (7 games), 33 games in London Wasps and two seasons in Melbourne Rebels in Australia. It seems that Steve Diamond is the man who can cope with misbehaving players. The second chance that Cipriani is receiving may prove to be a crucial decision for Sharks, especially as they are still looking for someone who can step into Charlie Hodgson's shoes on the fly half position.