Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Hodgson puts the boot into Wasps

Charlie Hodgson had an impressive afternoon with the boot for Saracens
Charlie Hodgson had an impressive afternoon with the boot for Saracens

Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked a magnificent seven penalties from seven attempts in a 29-24 win over Wasps but it was not quite enough to enable Saracens to depose Harlequins at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Hodgson's only kicking miss was a conversion attempt from the touchline after lock Alistair Hargreaves scored Sarries' only try.

South African Hargreaves had an afternoon of mixed fortunes, grabbing his charge-down try and being sin-binned before being carried off on a stretcher following a controversial challenge by James Haskell.

Saracens' other three points came from a Nils Mordt penalty while Hodgson was off the pitch receiving treatment for a cut.

But Wasps pushed them all the way, with tries from winger Tom Varndell and scrum-half Charlie Davies, three penalties and a drop goal from Nick Robinson and a conversion by his replacement Tommy Bell not quite enough to stop their four-match winning run in all competitions from coming to an end.

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