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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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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.
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com