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Danny Cipriani hype was a costly distraction for Gloucester in their defeat by Saracens Saracens beat Gloucester 44-19 to put themselves on the brink of a double The way Danny Cipriani and his team prepared gave Gloucester zero chance All the pre-match focus was on Cipriani and his hopes for an England recall  

By Sir Clive Woodward for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:43 BST, 26 May 2019 | Updated: 21:48 BST, 26 May 2019

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The Danny Cipriani show completely distracted Gloucester for the biggest game of their season, and for some, their lives.

They all showed their inexperience at handling must-win matches.

Gloucester could have beaten Saracens on Saturday but the way Cipriani, the players and indeed head coach Johan Ackermann prepared gave them zero chance.

Danny Cipriani looks dejected during the clash between Saracens and Gloucester

Danny Cipriani looks dejected during the clash between Saracens and Gloucester

Cipriani was named Premiership player of the year at an awards dinner last Wednesday and during the week he did every interview under the sun.

Instead of being 100 per cent focused on trying to beat the English and European champions, Gloucester were caught up in the Cipriani show.

The whole story this week wasn’t about

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