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Here's proof that last Sunday wasn't the first time Cipriani pulled off that bizarre kick

By Josh Raisey
Gloucester's Danny Cipriani talks to referee, Pascal Gauzere during last Sunday's win over Connacht (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani has split opinion over the past few days following a bizarre kick he made against Connacht at Kingsholm on Sunday. 


Leading 19-10 in the second half of their Champions Cup encounter, Cipriani attempted a bold cross-field punt in his own 22. 

Shaping up to clear the ball long, the fly-half cannoned a low, flat kick out wide to full-back Tom Marshall, who in turn put winger Louis Rees-Zammit away for a surge down the line. 

Since then, a shedload of fans have debated whether this was intentional or not from the out-of-favour England international. 

Gloucester not only needed to win this match to keep their European hopes alive, they also needed to win with a bonus point (which they did in the end). 

This could have been Cipriani forcing the issue as he is a player who has produced some jaw-dropping moments of magic over the years. He added another to his catalogue of genius moments on Sunday – whether it was intentional or not.


Equally, if this kick was not executed to absolute precision, the 32-year-old could have been under his posts only seconds later after a Connacht try. The margins for a play like this were razor-thin, but it was from a talisman that has played high-risk rugby his whole career. 

The most compelling proof that this may have been intentional was a very similar kick he did last season against Harlequins. 

His effort on that occasion did have slightly more height, but it was against a much more oppressive Harlequins defence as he did not stand as deep. Although he did have a penalty advantage, this goes to show that he does have this kick in his repertoire. 


Overall, the game against Connacht had a number of unusual kicks; from Cipriani’s 22-metre drop-out straight into touch on the last play of the first half to a deft switch kick to pin the visitors deep in their half. 

However, only Cipriani will know if his second-half example was intentional or not.  

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