Cipriani boots Wasps to victory over Sale

London Wasps closed the gap on fourth placed London Irish with a narrow 22-16 win over Sale Sharks in a Guinness Premiership clash at Adams Park on Sunday.


After a scoreless start to the match Wasps outside-centre Ben Jacobs provided the first points in the 14th minute as he put the hosts seven points clear after Danny Cipriani converted.


Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson brought his side back to within one point after two successful penalties, but Cipriani gave Wasps a 10-6 lead at the break with his first three-pointer.


Cipriani’s boot continued to deliver after the interval and Wasps were 10 points clear after the fly-half slotted two more penalties.


The Sharks reduced the deficit to only three points thanks to substitute Gavin Kerr’s try in the 53rd minute, but Cipriani kept the pressure on the visitors with two more penalties.


Hodgson made it a six-point game two minutes before the final whistle with a drop-goal, but Wasps held on to claim the win.


Final Score London Wasps 22 Sale Sharks 16


Scorers


Wasps
Tries – Jacobs
Pen – Cipriani (5)
Con – Cipriani


Sale Sharks
Tries – Kerr
Pen – Hodgson (2)
Con – Hodgson
DGs – Hodgson


Teams


London Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Steve Kefu, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Sakaria Taulafo, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Ben Broster, 4 Marty Veale, 5 George Skivington, 6 Joe Worsley, 7 Serge Betsen (c), 8 Dan Ward-Smith.


Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Gabriel Bocca, 18 Bob Baker, 19 Hugo Ellis, 20 Will Matthews, 21 Mark Robinson, 22 Dave Walder, 23 David Lemi.


Sale Sharks : 15 Ben Cohen, 14 Dafydd James, 13 David Bishop, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 David Doherty, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 1 Eifion Roberts, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 3 Martin Halsall, 4 Dean Schofield (c), 5 James Gaskell, 6 Carl Fearns, 7 David Seymour, 8 Sisaro Koyamaibole.


Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Rob O’Donnell, 18 Gavin Kerr, 19 Sean Cox, 20 Kristian Ormsby, 21Dwayne Peel, 22 Oriol Ripol, 23 Ed Styles.

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