Cipriani seals Sale switch then stars for Rebels… but comes off injured
11:57 GMT, 23 March 2012
Danny Cipriani put in an impressive display for Melbourne Rebels to help them end a 12-match losing streak, days after he sealed his return to English rugby with Sale.
The fly-half set up Lachlan Mitchell for the first try of the match and got on the scoresheet himself, by charging 40 metres to score beneath the posts.
Cipriani's game was tainted by what appeared to be a hamstring injury sustained during his dash over the line and he was substituted soon afterwards.
Slick moves: Danny Cipriani celebrates after scoring his try
The Rebels were leading 21-0, but ended up staring down the barrel of a defeat at 27-29 down.
A late penalty from Mark Gerrard secured them a nerve-racking 30-29 victory.
Cipriani has cut a controversial figure during his time in Australia, with one incident seeing him suspended after breaking a team curfew.
The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal with Sale, after also being linked to London Irish and Leicester.
Points on the board: Cipriani leaps over the line
Aim: Cipriani's target is to be in the England 2015 World Cup team
Sale coach and chief executive Steve Diamond was delighted with the capture of the former Wasps No 10.
said: 'Quality signings such as Danny are a massive statement of intent
from the Sharks as we aim to become a Super Northern club.
'Danny has been targeted by many European clubs, but has chosen to be based in Manchester as he feels that the Sharks give him the best opportunity to fulfil his aspirations to be the number one fly-half in England by the time of the 2015 World Cup.'
However, England interim coach Stuart Lancaster has warned Cipriani that he will need the right attitude if he is to break back into the team.
'I don't think Danny is any different to any young players who want to play for England,' he said.
'He will come back and have to do what every other player will have to do and that is play well for his club, try and get himself into the Saxons and then into the senior squad.
'If he does do that then it is about buying into the culture.
'If people don't buy into it – it doesn't matter whether it's Danny or anyone else – there are plenty of players on the list.'