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Sale Sharks Raise European Challenge Cup
27 - 3
The Kassam Stadium, Oxford   Att: 7,230
Referee: Alan Lewis
Saturday 21st May 2005, 12:45
Jason Robinson and Bryan Redpath raise the European Challenge Cup
Stu Forster
Match report
Charlie Hodgson gave Lions boss Clive Woodward a timely reminder of his talent as he scored 17 points in Sale’s second European Challenge Cup triumph.
Having scored ten points in his team’s success over Pontypridd at the Kassam Stadium three years earlier, the England outside half was in even hotter form as he picked up the man-of-the-match award after scoring two fine tries.
Hodgson was one of five Lions selected in the Sale starting lineup and another two members of that famous five, Andy Titterrall and Mark Cueto also got among the tries.
Pau, the champions in 2000, were unable to stem Sale’s flow despite the torrential rain. By half time the English club were well on their way to a second title with a 17-3 lead. The first ten points came from Hodgson with a third minute penaly and a 24th minute try and conversion. Pau’s only points came from the boot of outside half Lionel Beauxis.
But no sooner had Pau notched their first points than Sale hit back with their second try through some brilliant support play wide out on the right by Titterrall.
The Lions hooker, playing in the back row for his club, took an inside pass from Cueto to cross near the corner which Hodgson converted.
Cueto was next across the Pau line 16 minutes after the break and Hodgson made victory secure with his second try on the hour.
Sale Sharks V Section Paloise
  P D C T Pos Player Player Pos T C D P  
Jason Robinson (capt) 15 Jean-Marc Souverbie
1 Mark Cueto 14 Mathieu Dourthe Replacement off
Jos Baxendell 13 Jean-Charles Cistacq
Replacement off Robert Todd 12 Jean Emmanuel Cassin
Ben Foden 11 Nicolas Martin Replacement off
Man of the MatchReplacement off 1 2 2 Charlie Hodgson 10 Lionel Beauxis 1
Replacement off Bryan Redpath 9 Christophe Laussucq Replacement off
Replacement off Andrew Sheridan 1 David Laperne
Sébastien Bruno 2 Romain Terrain Replacement off
Replacement off Stuart Turner 3 Fabien Boiroux Replacement off
Dean Schofield 4 Garrick Morgan
Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe 5 Patricio Albacete
Replacement off Chris Jones 6 Peďo Som (capt) Replacement off
Replacement off 1 Andy Titterrell 7 Patrick Tabacco
Sébastien Chabal 8 Alex Manta Replacement off
Replacement on Pierre Caillet 16 Olivier Sourgens Replacement on
Replacement on Barry Stewart 17 Marius Tincu Replacement on
Replacement on Christian Day 18 Patrick Furet Replacement on
Replacement on Peter Anglesea 19 Vincent Forgues
Replacement on Sililo Martens 20 Fabien Cibray Replacement on
Replacement on Mike Hercus 21 Ludovic Mercier Replacement on
Replacement on Chris Jones 22 Jean-Baptiste Peyras Loustalet Replacement on
Penalty Tries
First half timeline
3 Sale Sharks
Penalty kick - C Hodgson
24 Sale Sharks
Try - C Hodgson
24 Sale Sharks
Conversion - C Hodgson
30 Section Paloise
Penalty kick - L Beauxis
30 Section Paloise
Substitution - P Furet on for A Manta
36 Sale Sharks
Try - A Titterrell
36 Sale Sharks
Conversion - C Hodgson
Second half timeline
41 Sale Sharks
Substitution - B Stewart on for S Turner
45 Section Paloise
Substitution - M Tincu on for R Terrain
56 Section Paloise
Substitution - O Sourgens on for F Boiroux
56 Section Paloise
Substitution - L Mercier on for N Martin
56 Sale Sharks
Try - M Cueto
61 Sale Sharks
Substitution - S Turner on for A Sheridan
68 Sale Sharks
Try - C Hodgson
70 Sale Sharks
Substitution - S Martens on for B Redpath
70 Sale Sharks
Substitution - P Anglesea on for A Titterrell
70 Section Paloise
Substitution - F Cibray on for C Laussucq
70 Section Paloise
Substitution - J Peyras Loustalet on for M Dourthe
74 Sale Sharks
Substitution - P Caillet on for S Turner
74 Sale Sharks
Substitution - C Day on for C Jones
74 Sale Sharks
Substitution - M Hercus on for C Hodgson
74 Sale Sharks
Substitution - C Jones on for R Todd
80 Section Paloise
Blood sub - N Martin on for P Som
Results so far
Sale Sharks
Date Stage Opposition Score
21/5/05 Final Section Paloise W 27-3
24/4/05 Semi Finals Connacht W 59-9
2/4/05 Semi Finals Connacht W 25-18
15/1/05 Quarter Finals SU Agen L 15-17
7/1/05 Quarter Finals SU Agen W 34-18
10/12/04 Round 2 Narbonne W 25-10
4/12/04 Round 2 Narbonne W 33-15
31/10/04 Round 1 Catania W 50-3
24/10/04 Round 1 Catania W 31-22
Section Paloise
Date Stage Opposition Score
21/5/05 Final Sale Sharks L 3-27
23/4/05 Semi Finals Brive L 13-27
3/4/05 Semi Finals Brive W 37-16
14/1/05 Quarter Finals ASM Clermont Auvergne L 25-26
8/1/05 Quarter Finals ASM Clermont Auvergne W 25-21
12/12/04 Round 2 London Irish L 16-19
4/12/04 Round 2 London Irish W 25-19
30/10/04 Round 1 G.R.A.N Parma W 31-22
23/10/04 Round 1 G.R.A.N Parma W 35-15
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Previous Challenge Cup meetings
Date Stage Home Score Away
Sat 21st May 05 Final Sale Sharks 27 - 3 Section Paloise
Sat 8th Jan 00 Pool 3 Sale Sharks 35 - 53 Pau
Sat 27th Nov 99 Pool 3 Pau 30 - 12 Sale Sharks
Challenge Cup History
Sale Sharks
2004/05 - Champions
2001/02 - Champions
2000/01 - Pool 4
1999/00 - Pool 3
1997/98 - Pool 2
1996/97 - Pool 1
Section Paloise
2005/06 - Pool 2
2004/05 - Runners up
2003/04 - Round 2
2002/03 - Round 1
2001/02 - Quarter Finals
1999/00 - Champions
1998/99 - Quarter Finals
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