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‘We can stay up’: Danny Cipriani issues rallying cry for Sale Sharks ahead of Gloucester cup test

By Ed Owen

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani insists thinking about relegation from the Aviva Premiership is not on his horizon ahead of his side’s visit to Gloucester. 

The former Melbourne Rebels and Wasps fly-half has enjoyed a longer run in the side since Steve Diamond resumed duties as director of rugby from Bryan Redpath.

The 25-year-old believes despite being at the bottom of the table, the Sharks’ overall quality will see them safe by the end of the season.

“Yes, we can definitely stay up,” said the once-England international.

“To be honest I haven’t really thought about that, it’s still early doors but it’s important for us to keep improving our performance and those wins will come – we’ve got a lot of quality players here.”

Cipriani, who played a vital part last week’s LV Cup win against Saracens, hoped the confidence gained from the club’s mini-revival will spur them on.

He said: “In the last three games, in the last month, we’ve been winning our games at home so that’s the most important thing and we need to keep building on that.

“We have been pulling together and doing things for each other, not trying to do things on our own too much and just sticking to the system.

“It’s important that we take some confidence from this and move on and understand that we can improve in a lot of areas to make sure the win can be even greater.”

Sale find themselves up against a formidable fourth-placed Gloucester side who have won five consecutive games at their Kingsmeadow home.

But the ex-Melbourne Rebels star believes Sale – who have yet to win away – can upset the odds for only their second league victory of the season.

“The plan is to go down to Gloucester all guns blazing because it’s going to be a tough game”, he added.

“Gloucester are one of the strongest teams at home so I think it’s important that we go down there with the right attitude.”

With Sale only four points behind eleventh-placed London Irish, a bonus-point victory could see them off the bottom spot for the first time this season.

Sale Sharks: 15.Rob Miller, 14.Charlie Amesbury, 13.Will Addison, 12.Sam Tuitupou, 11.Mark Cueto, 10.Danny Cipriani, 9.Dwayne Peel, 1.Ross Harrison, 2.Tommy Taylor, 3.Tony Buckley, 4.Fraser McKenzie, 5.Kearnan Myall, 6.Richie Vernon, 7.David Seymour (capt.), 8.Andy Powell.

Replacements: 16.Joe Ward, 17.Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18.Vadim Cobilas, 19.Tom Holmes, 20.James Gaskell, 21.Will Cliff, 22.Nick Macleod, 23.Cameron Shepherd

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