Hodgson breaks Guinness Premiership points record

Charlie Hodgson became the leading points scorer in the history of the Premiership on Sunday as he took his personal tally of points to 1,492.


Coming into the Guinness Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons, Hodgson had 1,472 points, 17 points behind the all time leading points scorer Jonny Wilkinson on 1,489.


Hodgson’s impressive tally of 20 points, six penalties and a conversion, took him past Wilkinson and into the lead on his own with 1,492 points.


The Halifax born fly half made his debut for Sale Sharks at Heywood Road against Harlequins on the 8th December 2000 at the age of 20, notching his first eight points for the club.


Six years later, he passed 1,000 points for the club and was an integral part of the side that won their first ever Guinness Premiership title that year, scoring 23 points in the Final at Twickenham.


The most points he has ever scored in a match for Sale Sharks was 27 versus Leeds Tykes at Headingley in November 2001. That season he also recorded his best ever total of points in a season, recording 273 in league matches.


Last season, Hodgson won the Gilbert Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer of points solely from the boot with 201 points.


With Jonny Wilkinson due to return from injury shortly, Hodgson will need to keep slotting the points for Sale Sharks to stay ahead of his free scoring rival.


Despite their loss at the weekend, Sale Sharks have another reason to be proud.


Despite his retirement at the end of last season, Steve Hanley still holds the record for the most tries in the history of the Premiership with 75, scoring his last league try against Northampton Saints in the last match of the 2005/6 season. That total leaves him nine ahead of his nearest rival, Paul Sackey.


Charlie Hodgson


125 Premiership matches
1,492 points
31 England caps

 

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