Cipriani boosted by Wasps win over Edinburgh

Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards gave Danny Cipriani a vote of confidence after the outside-half rebounded from being dumped from the England squad to booting his London club to a 25-16 European Cup victory over Edinburgh.

Cipriani, axed by England boss Martin Johnson for back-to-back struggles against South Africa and Australia, was virtually flawless in the Pool Two game on Friday as Wasps clinched a second win in three games to keep their hopes alive of a third European Cup title.

Cipriani kicked six penalties and a conversion for an individual tally of 20 points.

“There were a couple of big plays from Mark van Gisbergen and Danny’s goal kicking was exemplary,” said Edwards, the Wigan and Great Britain rugby league legend who is also assistant Wales coach.

“I think it was seven from seven and some of the kicks he made were from 45 or 50 metres.

“Danny’s very happy and very comfortable playing for Wasps in the No 10 shirt. He guided us around the pitch in attack and, like I said, his goal kicking was exemplary.”

Despite Cipriani’s kicking efforts, it wasn’t an easy night for Wasps who needed a late try from Tom Rees to secure the win after Chris Paterson, with three penalties and a conversion, and a try from winger Mark Robertson gave the Scots a 16-15 lead late in the second half.

Wasps remain second in the group behind Leinster who can make it three wins in three when they face Castres on Saturday.

“I’m very happy,” said Edwards. “It was a really tense affair. It was a war of attrition. Both teams were desperate for a victory and, fortunately for us, we were on the right end of the scoreline.”

Wasps now face the same opposition at Adams Park next Sunday, with Edwards expecting an equally stern challenge.

“We’re very, very cautious of the Edinburgh team. They won at Castres in their last away game so next week is another massive game for us,” he said.

“They’re a very, very well-coached team. They’ve got some potent attacking threats and you can see why the Scotland team did well in the autumn internationals.

“Edinburgh are a team to be reckoned with and respected. We’ll have a couple of days off and then we’ll start preparing for a big game.”

Sapa AFP

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