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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 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|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 vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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