Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The much talked about Danny Cipriani Josh Lewsey training ground bust up finally has some closure as this weekend the two made it clear that theyve buried the hatchet by showing a piece of on field theatre that probably took longer to rehearse than it took Cipriani to say "Shut up or be shut up" .
It was only about a week ago that Wasps were in the middle of an intensive tackle session when according to Lewsey, Cipriani wasnt quite giving it his all. An exchange of words took place, which resulted in young Cipriani being floored by a right hook from the 31 year old Lewsey.
Against Castres on Sunday, Wasps, whove only recorded two victories all season, finally came right as they returned to form by beating the French side 25-11. It was Lewsey & Cipriani who made all the front pages once again though.
Cipriani, still getting back into the swing of things after his recent comeback, was on fine form as he kicked ten points and created this try for Lewsey, the man who decked him only a few days earlier.
Ciprianis neat kick ahead was followed by a commited tackle, which spilt the ball loose for Lewsey to gather and score. The mock shadow boxing and man-hug that followed made it clear for all to see that the recent bust up was simply a training ground flare-up, and nothing more.
'This isn't always a comfortable place to work in. Everyone's on each other's backs and there is a brutal honesty, but this is why we win silverware,' Lewsey was quoted as saying recently.
With talk of Cipriani being in the tabloids too often for some peoples liking, Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards denied that the young man is too big for his boots.
'As long as Danny leaves his ego at the door, like everyone else, he will be treated the same,' Edwards said.
'No-one at this club is questioning his commitment. He is one of the hardest working players at the club.'
Incidentally, former Wallaby Mat Rogers has spoken about that famous Lewsey tackle on him in 2003. We've updated the article, so have a look here if you'd like to read more about the rib breaking hit.
To learn more about Danny Cipriani the man, have a look at the interesting ten minute long interview with him we posted last week .
Danny Cipriani on the couch
Josh Lewsey Tackle on Jean De Villiers
Josh Lewsey on Mat Rodgers