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- 8th Apr 2011
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Edgeley Park
- Att: 6,888
Diamond praises polished Hodgson
Fly-half is leaving Sale at end of season
He's bright, he sees things that other players don't and he will be sadly missed.
Quotes of the week
Charlie Hodgson earned a warm tribute from his boss after reaching a notable milestone in orchestrating Sale's 36-31 bonus-point victory over Gloucester.
Hodgson, who will join Saracens at the end of the season after 11 years at Sale, went into the match having amassed 999 points at Edgeley Park.
He passed the 1,000 mark with a 21-point haul which included a superb try as Steve Diamond's men condemned the high-flying Cherry-and-Whites to only their third defeat of 2011.
Hodgson will be sorely missed next season and his latest outstanding contribution merely underlined that point as he took the armband in the absence of regular skipper Mark Cueto.
"Hodgson's a world-class player isn't he?" said Diamond, Sale's executive director of sport.
"He wanted to be captain, which was great, and it was a fantastic performance from him.
"He's bright, he sees things that other players don't and he will be sadly missed."
Hodgson, 30, made the decision to quit Sale and join Saracens before Diamond returned to the club to take up his current role earlier in the campaign.
"Charlie is a top lad and I've no hard feelings with him going," said Diamond.
"I wished he'd stay but he made the decision to go before I arrived and I wish him all the best.
"We will find a replacement for him and we will have a highly competitive squad next year, even without Charlie Hodgson."
The result all but ended Sale's fears of the drop, but Gloucester have now lost two away matches in succession and simply could not cope with the vibrancy and desire which characterised Sale's second-half display.
Diamond believes the result has effectively ended his side's relegation fears, leaving the fight for survival a two-way battle between northern foes Leeds and Newcastle, who meet on Saturday.
Diamond added: "We've got two more home games still to come and I think we'll be fine now."
Gloucester fashioned a late rally which harvested a score for Jonny May and a late penalty try which secured a losing bonus point, but Bryan Redpath could not hide his frustration at the result.
"Am I frustrated? Massively," said the Gloucester boss. "I thought we did some good things but I didn't think we were as smart and streetwise as we should have been away from home.
"I didn't think the referee helped us but on the whole we didn't defend particularly well and didn't manage the game well enough to win it."
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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