Cipriani’s boot saves Wasps the Edinburgh blushes

Danny Cipriani booted London Wasps to a crucial Heineken Cup victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday night as the visitors won by 16 points to 25.


A late try by Rees made the scores look more respectable for Wasps who have failed to hit their straps this season.

The first half was all about penalties and the two tries in the game, one for each team, both came late in the day. Cipriani was superb, slotting six penalties and a conversion on the night.

Wasps got off to a rapid start thanks to some poor Edinburgh discipline, with flyhalf Cipriani slotting a penalty in the seventh minute.

Play ran back and forth for the next 15 minutes without a score, before Cipriani added two quick penalties to make it 9-0 to Wasps after 25 minutes. He then added another five minutes later to take his side into double figures.

The goalkicking continued and just before half time Chris Paterson opened the home side’s account with a penalty of their own, putting the score on 3-12 going into the break.

Paterson made sure Edinburgh reduced the gap further just after the restart, hitting a penalty in the 43rd minute. He added another a minute later as Wasps’ discipline slipped and closed the score to 9-12.

Cipriani kicked his fifth penalty of the game in the 58th minute as tries continued to elude both sides, but Mark Robertson broke the deadlock soon after with a try for Edinburgh.

Paterson kicked the conversion to put the hosts in the lead for the first time with the score on 16-15. But Cipriani’s impeccable kicking boot wouldn’t rest as he regained the lead for Wasps with a penalty in the 70th minute.

Wasps scored a try of their own two minutes from time when Tom Rees crossed the line. Cipriani made no mistake with the conversion as Wasps wrapped up the match.


Final Score Edinburgh 16 (3) London Wasps 25 (12)


Tries – Robertson
Con – Paterson
Pen – Paterson 3

Tries – Rees
Con – Cipriani
Pen -Cipriani 6

Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

Edinburgh: C Paterson; M Robertson, B Cairns, N De Luca, S Webster; P Godman, M Blair [capt]; A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, C Hamilton, J Hamilton, A MacDonald, R Rennie, A Hogg

Replacements: A Kelly, G Kerr, M Mustchin, S Newlands, G Laidlaw, D Blair, H Southwell

London Wasps: M van Gisbergen; P Sackey, D Waldouck, R Flutey, J Lewsey; D Cipriani, E Reddan; T Payne, R Webber, P Vickery [capt], G Skivington, R Birkett, S Betsen, T Rees, J Haskell

Replacements: d Varley, T French, S Shaw, J Hart, J Simpson, D Walder, L Mitchell

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