How Danny Cipriani’s stats compared with Ford and Smith

Here’s how Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani’s stats from the Gallagher Premiership return compared to Eddie Jones favoured George Ford and Marcus Smith.

Tries & Assists

The Gloucester fly-half picked up to two assists as the Cherry & Whites thumped Worcester 44-14 at Sixways. The first saw him without hesitating float a perfectly weighted pass out onto the left wing for Ollie Thorley to collect at pace to dot over for a try.

Verdict: Danny Cipriani


Kicking success

Smith kept his composure to slot 11 points as Quins overcame Sale Sharks 16-11 at the Stoop on Friday night, which was the standout display in an error-strewn affair.. Meanwhile, Cipriani left kicking duties to Billy Twelvetrees and George Ford only scored six points via a penalty and a rare drop-goal in their 26-13 defeat against Exeter.

Verdict: Marcus Smith


Attacking

Smith didn’t make much impact with the ball in hand, making just one carry throughout the Premiership opener. Ford didn’t do much better with two carries while Cipriani was always a willing runner for the Cherry & Whites, making 13 carries and making two offloads.

Verdict: Danny Cipriani


Defence

Ford was the busiest of the trio defensively, making seven tackles, while Cipriani and Smith made just two each.

Verdict: George Ford


VERDICT: Danny Cipriani


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DANNY CIPRIANI FACTS

Here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani that might surprise you…

1. Sporting talent

A keen all-round sportsman, Cipriani played junior football for Queens Park Rangers and was offered youth terms by Reading. He also played schoolboy cricket for Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Cipriani was invited to join Surrey County Cricket Club as a batsman. He also played squash at county level

2. First rugby club

He first played club rugby at Rosslyn Park in Roehampton, where he developed his passion for the game.

3. Heritage

The fly-half is mixed-race; his father is Afro-Trinidadian with some Italian heritage while his mother is English. Cipriani’s father, Jay, and his mother, Anne, separated soon after his birth. Although Jay returned to Trinidad, Cipriani was able to remain in contact with him.

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