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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 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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