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Hodgson buries hapless Worcester

24 Sep 2004
Hodgson buries hapless Worcester

Hodgson displayed the full array of his passing armoury in marshalling an impressive rout of the Premiership new boys.

He also kicked seven conversions and a penalty just to rub it in.

Sale had the game wrapped up by half-time, playing the game at a pace that Worcester just could not live with.

They opened the scoring after five minutes when Hodgson kicked a penalty into the Warriors' 22, and Sale claimed the resulting line-out. The ball was worked right and Chris Jones crashed over from short range to claim his first try of the night.

Hodgson converted from wide out to make the score 7-0 to the Sharks.

Sale looked to have extended their lead 10 minutes later after a trademark Jason Robinson break.

Hodgson cleverly kicked across the pitch where Mark Cueto gathered and went over. The referee judged that Cueto was offside and the score was disallowed.

Sale did not have to wait long to score again for real. Hodgson spotted Cueto wide on the right and floated a delicious miss pass for the wing to saunter over. Hodgson converted to make the score 14-0.

The Warriors responded immediately through the boot of fly-half James Brown, who knocked over a 30-metre penalty after a Sale mix-up at the kick-off.

Hodgson put Sale 17-3 up with a 35 metre penalty on 28 minutes.

Chris Jones went over for his second of the night on 31 minutes, showing great pace in support of a Chris Day break. Hodgson's kick made the score 24-3.

The first half scoring was completed on 35 minutes by flanker Magnus Lund's try. This was also converted by the immaculate Hodgson.

Both sides had a man sin-binned before the break when Colin Noon and Barry Stewart compared front row handbags at a ruck.

Normal service was resumed after the break when Scottish international scrum-half Bryan Redpath was driven over the line by three of his forwards. Hodgson, for once, was not able to convert.

In a high scoring game it was only going to be a matter of time before Robinson got on the scoreboard.

Hodgson and Chris Rhys Jones worked the ball left after an aimless kick by young Worcester replacement Clive Stuart Smith.

With 40 meters to the line and two men to beat there was only ever one winner as Robinson screamed over in the corner. Hodgson's conversion made the score 43-3.

Worcester's frustrations resulted in second row Tim Collier being sin-binned on 67 minutes.

Replacement Stuart Turner and the live wire Jones completed the scoring for the magnificent Sharks.

The scorers:

For Sale Sharks:Tries: Robinson, Turner, Lund, Jones 3, Cueto, RedpathCons: Hodgson 7Pen: Hodgson

For Worcester Warriors:Pen: Brown

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