Wasps head coach Dai Young has said that fly-half Danny Cipriani’s head injury “is nothing serious” following the playmaker’s departure from Wasps 20-15 win over the Northampton Saints on Saturday in Franklin’s Gardens.
Cipriani was withdrawn early in the second half after colliding with Saints number 8 Louis Picamoles and did not return to the pitch as Jimmy Gopperth would move into fly-half for the rest of the game.
“It was nothing serious when he went off,” said Young (via sportinglife.com).
“He went off for a head check and we just made the call pretty much. I haven’t spoken to the doctor whether he’s OK or not. With Kyle on the bench as well, we were probably five or 10 minutes away from making a substitute anyway.
“We’ve only got two 10s so we’re not going to risk anything. He went off for a test and I called it even before we had any clarification whether he’s alright or not. He’ll still have to go through all the protocols and everything but he’s fine in the dressing room there now.
“It wasn’t a case that the message got to us that it’s a permanent change. I made that call even before we got there really.”
Cipriani had to go through the standard HIA protocols for all head injuries with a suspicion of concussion with Young to find out in the coming days whether his star playmaker has suffered a concussion or not.
The 28-year-old has gotten off to a great start in his return to Wasps and was instrumental in the club’s first try after a brilliant kick and regather that ended up with Gopperth sprinting off towards the tryline for Wasps opening score.
Great to take the field with these boys in my 100th Wasps game! Huge squad effort ? pic.twitter.com/wmavuX5Bhi
— Danny Cipriani (@DannyCipriani87) September 24, 2016
“Danny’s got real X-Factor,” Young added.
“It was great vision on the short side. A little bit of gas first to get through the players, lovely little chip through and gather, good link play by Guy (Thompson) and obviously real hard by Jimmy to get on his shoulder and run for his life to get to the line really.
“I thought that was pretty much us first-half. We were playing on the counter-punch really.”
The win means Wasps move to the top of the Aviva Premiership table with four wins from four after Saracens went down 17-10 to Harlequins at the Stoop.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena