Sale Sharks Movie Rating: 4 / 5
Danny Cipriani, the star for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has stated that he feels that things are starting to get a lot better for him this season after he passed one of the most tumultuous seasons in his career last season.
The 26 year old switched to the Salford based Sharks back in 2012 from the Australian club the Melbourne Rebels with critics and fans all hailing the move as one of the biggest moves in the history of the Aviva Premiership and he was being seen as the one man who could take the Sharks to glory, but that hasn’t transpired, leading many fans to believe that it had been a bad investment.
However, he has been in fine form this season for the Sale Sharks and his performances have already received rave reviews from those associated with the game in England and there have been calls for Stuart Lancaster to recall the player back into the England set up once again.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the England international stated that he thinks that things have been going a lot better this season, both for him personally as well as the team and as long as the results are being achieved, he is content.
Having had a number of off field issues in Australia, Cipriani has been on his best behavior since his move and that has translated to his sizzling form on the field as well.
He mentioned that the team wasn’t happy with how things went last season and mentioned that this season, the Sale Sharks had the chance to prepare for the new season smartly and that has translated into their run of good form going into December, which is one of the busiest months in the calendar.
Danny Cipriani is hoping that the brave effort, the grit and determination showed by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the Sale Sharks against the star studded French club Toulon in the Heineken Cup will prove to be the turning point to their faltering season. The match that was built up as an exciting contest between former England international Jonny Wilkinson and the current Sharks hero Cipriani turned into a kicking contest as the galaxy of stars of Toulon led them to victory in the reverse fixture last weekend to open up a nine point lead at the top of Pool 6.
And the Sale Sharks man, despite knowing that his side suffered their 12th defeat in 15 games this season is confident that his team is ready for a turnaround of fortunes after seeing the team’s action against the star studded French side and is extremely happy with his own performance in the match as well, during which he played the full ninety minutes and scored 2 out of 4 penalties. The former fly half for the England national team missed out on his team’s thrashing at the hands of the Northampton Saints but he played the full match is already looking forward to this weekend’s return leg at home against the French powerhouse.
Cipriani believes that under the charge of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, the Sale Sharks are ready to turn the corner and believes their season can still be saved if they manage to kick start it at the right time. The Sharks are currently six points adrift of safety and languishing in the relegation spot and the former England man has told Mitchell he needs to get the best out of the side on a consistent basis if he wants to dig the side out of trouble.