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Aviva Premiersip: Danny Cipriani hailed for scoring 21 points in Sale win
He controlled the game with the pack giving him some ball. He played really well, he won us the game.
Steve Diamond on Danny Cipriani
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- Cipriani stars in Sale win
Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond hailed the contribution of mercurial stand-off Danny Cipriani after their 26-22 victory over Wasps.
Despite being out in the cold for the first two games versus Gloucester and Newcastle, the fly-half was named in the match-day 22 against Wasps and came off the bench for the injured Nick Macleod to make an impact.
He scored 21 points in all including the second try and also set up Mark Cueto's touchdown as the Sharks secured their second win of the season.
Diamond said: "We've got a lot of competition in the squad and people have to fight and play in the second team on a Monday night and Danny's done that.
"He's come back, come on and done what he does well. He controlled the game with the pack giving him some ball. He played really well, he won us the game.
"Everyone talks about Danny Cipriani but we just want the consistency. He's come on and proved his worth. What he needs to do is do that regularly."
Another who impressed after coming on as a substitute was Mark Easter. The number eight was not even named in the initial squad but a spate of injuries meant he was called into action.
"At the end of the warm-up James Gaskell had an issue with some tenderness on the bottom of his foot as he can't put pressure through," Diamond added.
"We then brought Josh Beaumont on who's a kid but a physical lad and was doing well before he got injured.
"Fortunately Easter hadn't had a couple of beers before he was called from upstairs to put my boots on, somebody else's gumshield and play well for 60 minutes."
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young was frustrated by their overall performance despite coming back from 20-3 down to within one point with nine minutes to go.
Young said: "To be honest, I'm hugely disappointed the fightback didn't come earlier. It took us until the 55th minute of the game before we got back into it.
"We could have even sneaked it in the end but that's not good enough. I thought some of our skill levels tonight were embarrassing and that's what I've said to the players.
"I think we got ourselves in position and simple knock-ons didn't allow us to build any pressure or any momentum.
"We made things very difficult for ourselves by playing in the wrong areas and not fielding simple high kicks. I thought our skill levels tonight were unacceptable."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|16:30||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:30||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:45||Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|16:30||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:00||Leicester Tigers vs Bath|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Bath vs Wasps|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Exeter|
|Saturday 14th February|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|15:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com