Munster 36-22 Gloucester: Oh Danny boy! Red card caps bad week for Cipriani, who was snubbed for the England squad by Eddie Jones just days ago
- Danny Cipriani got sent off in Gloucester’s Champions Cup match at Munster
- Contact was minimal, but there is a new zero tolerance policy on high tackles
- Cipriani will be feeling frustrated after being left out of the new England squad
If Danny Cipriani thought his week could not possibly get any worse having been omitted from Eddie Jones’ England squad, he got a rude awakening on Saturday.
The Gloucester outside-half’s contribution was always likely to go a long way to deciding the outcome in Limerick but he trudged off the pitch with less than 30 minutes on the clock.
His high tackle on Rory Scannell, reviewed extensively by referee Alexandre Ruiz before Cipriani was red carded, ensured that a bad week ended on another low point.
Cipriani got sent off for a shoulder barge, thanks to the new zero tolerance on high tackles
The referee gave Danny Cipriani the red card in just the 29th minute, crippling Gloucester
Cipriani jogged off the pitch, just days after being left out of Eddie Jones’ latest England squad
Danny Cipriani has been sent off ?
He knew straight away he was going to be shown red for this tackle.
He apologised on his way off but his week has gone from bad to worse… pic.twitter.com/XGga2MHz2P
Cipriani had travelled to Ireland with a point to prove following his England snub. The Premiership Player of the Month for September started brightly in the Limerick sunshine, playing with intent and kicking a good penalty.
But it would all go wrong and Gloucester head coach Johann Ackermann said: ‘I’ve got a lot to say but I’m not going to say it. It’s not going to change anything.
‘Danny is disappointed. If they come and watch how he trains, that’s how he protects himself. He didn’t even want to tackle the guy.’
Ackermann was also frustrated with the consistency in relation to the high tackle, with centre Billy Twelvetrees seeing a similar reviewed incident go unpunished.
But by the time the visitors lost Cipriani, Munster had already taken control of this Pool 2 clash, with full-back Mike Haley dotting down on the 20-minute mark after the province had spent the early exchanges absorbing pressure.
Cipriani’s opposite number Joey Carbery, in his first European start at Thomond Park, dragged his first shot wide with the conversion.
The shoulder barge was high up on Munster centre Rory Scannell and Cipriani saw red for it
There wasn’t much contact, and Scannell wasn’t injured, but the red card was within the rules
The sending off came early on, and Gloucester struggled and finally lost 36-22 to Munster
Munster had good width and Gloucester was caught narrow in defence as Munster scored
He soon found his rhythm, though, producing magical moments in the second half and capping it with a well-taken try. Rhys Marshall charged over from a maul as Munster went in 15-3 at the break.
The bonus point soon arrived and again Carbery was the catalyst, producing a deft behind-the-back pass to keep the move alive before Sammy Arnold finished.
Gloucester refused to lie down and scored three tries without ever looking likely to turn it around.Andrew Conway added a fifth try for Munster.
Another sending off for a high tackle could not help Exeter against Castres in France as the visitors blew a 14-0 lead to lose 29-25 in Pool 2. Maama Vaipulu walked before the break.
Gloucester’s Tom Savage was shown a yellow card during the match at Thormond Park
Even at 29-3 down Gloucester were far from finished but were powerless to come back into it
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