Danny Cipriani's cross-field kick in Gloucester’s Champions Cup win over Connacht on Sunday has created a lot of debate whether he meant it or not.
However, the Gloucester flyhalf has revealed that it was intentional and revealed the inspiration behind the kick.
Cipriani received the ball deep inside his own 22 in the 63rd minute and looked as if he was shaping for a big clearance upfield before fired the low and cross-field, bouncing twice before it landed into the arms of Tom Marshall to set up a counter-attack.
Convinced Danny Cipriani meant this. Also convinced more fly-halves will try it from here on out, too. Catches out Connacht's entire backline. pic.twitter.com/dClnVJ6s6y— Charlie Morgan (@CharlieFelix) December 8, 2019
Cipriani said that the kick was an intentional move and says he has taken inspiration from watching clips of Australian rugby league great Cooper Cronk.
“It’s a technique I’ve been practising for a while in terms of how you manipulate the last defender because I looked at a guy Cooper Cronk doing it, probably around March time last year in the way he kicks the ball." he explained.
“I’ve been attempting it a while in training, I did it last year against Quins and obviously my intention was for the ball to go where it was, it was just at the time I hit it a bit lower than desired.
“The whole part of the kick is what I learnt from Cooper Cronk and the body shape.”
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