Sale 19 London Welsh 29: Redpath won't blame Cipriani as Sharks sink
21:50 GMT, 21 September 2012
Sale crashed to a fourth successive defeat on Friday night, but head coach Bryan Redpath refused to blame Danny Cipriani.
Cipriani was substituted after 52 minutes after newly promoted London Welsh had built a 26-9 lead to put them on course to a second successive win following Sunday’s upset over Exeter.
Contrast: There was delight for London Welsh and (below) misery for Sale
Not to blame: Danny Cipriani was defended by Bryan Redpath
Sale: Miller, Brady, Leota, Tuitupou, Cueto, Cipriani, Peel, Roberts, Ward, Cobilas, Gray, Myall, Easter, Seymour, Powell.
Replacements: MacLeod for Cipriani (52), Cliff for Peel (65), Harrison for Roberts (78), Buckley for Cobilas (53), McKenzie for Myall (60), Vernon for Easter (71).
Not Used: Taylor, Uys.
Pens: Cipriani 3, MacLeod.
London Welsh: Arscott, Mackenzie, Parker, Tonga'uiha, Scott, Ross, Keats, Montanella, Briggs, Ion, Mills, Corker, Browne, Hills, Jackson.
Replacements: Jewell for Mackenzie (70),
Runciman for Keats (75), Bristow for Montanella (65), Jolly for Ion (67), Kulemin for Mills (45), Williamson for Hills (65).
Not Used: George, Davis.
Tries: Mills, Jackson. Cons: Ross 2.
Pens: Ross 5.
Ref: Andrew Small (RFU).
'It’s not Danny’s fault at all,' Redpath reasoned. 'It was about us (Sale) fronting up one to 15 and that did not happen.'
Cipriani, back in English rugby after an 18-month stint in Melbourne, did kick three first-half penalties after missing his first shot.
But the Sale pack failed again to provide decent periods of possession to use his running skills.
Redpath apologised to the Sale fans in a crowd of 7,479 after Welsh had won thanks to first-half tries from captain Jonathan Mills and No 8 Ed Jackson. Ex-Scotland fly half Gordon Ross kicked 19 points.
'What this side is guts and determination,' Welsh head coach Lyn Jones said. 'A lot of players have points to prove and they are determined to do just that.'
Sale fought back in the second half, but only had a try from wing Tom Brady to show for their efforts alongside a conversion and penalty from Macleod.
Redpath added: 'Credit to London Welsh they came and beat us fair and square. They grabbed a 13-0 lead and used a simple game-plan and we did not match it physically.
'Most of our game was not up to speed and that is a big issue. We will take the criticism because our performance was not good enough and we let a lot of people down we came along tonight.'