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Last-gasp Hodgson drops Jones into gloom

13/09/2008 08:04:50 AM Comments (0)

Charlie Hodgson kicked an injury-time drop-goal to give Sale an 18-15 win over Saracens and leave former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones still searching for a first English Premiership win.

The scores were tied at 15-15 when unwanted England fly-half Hodgson collected the ball and calmly slotted over the posts to send Edgeley Park into raptures.

Saracens, who were beaten 24-21 by London rivals Harlequins at Twickenham in their season opener last weekend, dominated the opening 30 minutes and stormed into a 9-0 lead courtesy of Glen Jackson, who landed the first of his five penalties.

However they allowed Sale to hit back with four penalties of their own to lead 12-9 in the early stages of an incredibly tense second half.

The visitors will feel aggrieved at being denied what looked a perfectly legal score by Andy Saull in the 50th minute.

A try at that point in such a tight contest would have provided a huge platform for victory but referee Rob Debney decided the young forward had knocked on before grounding the ball and Sale survived before Hodgson had the final say.

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