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Dragons home in on another victory over below-par Sale.



Dragons ...........................20 Sale Sharks Sale Sharks are a professional rugby union team who play in England in the Guinness Premiership.

The club is an offshoot of Sale F.C., which is based in Sale, Greater Manchester, but Sharks currently play in Stockport at Edgeley Park, ground sharing with Stockport County F.C.
 ....................... 9 THE Dragons extended their unbeaten home record to nine matches as they eased to victory over a below-par Sale side.

The Dragons, unbeaten at home since March, took an early lead through a converted try from fly-half and captain Shaun Connor, but his opposite number Charlie Hodgson Charles Christopher Hodgson (born 12 November 1980 in Halifax, England) is an English rugby union footballer. He plays fly-half for Sale and England. Charlie married his childhood sweetheart, Daisy Hartley, at Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire on June 23rd, 2007.  kicked two penalties to narrow the gap to 7-6 at the break.

Connor and Hodgson exchanged further penalties after the break before scrum-half Danny Lee wriggled his way over for a try which clinched the win as replacement fly-half Adam Greendale added the conversion and a further penalty. The Dragons started in positive fashion. From a lineout, fly-half Connor capitalised on some poor defending to slice through and dot down under the posts for a converted try after just two minutes.

Paul Turner's side continued to be aggressive in their early defensive efforts, with lock Robert Sidoli producing a massive hit on Sharks' Luke Abraham, but they strayed offside off·side   also off·sides
adv. & adj.
1. Sports Illegally ahead of the ball or puck in the attacking zone.

2.
 to allow Hodgson to trim the gap with a penalty.

And Hodgson slotted his second penalty to close the gap to a point.

Connor kicked his second penalty to extend the Dragons lead to 10-6 shortly after the resumption, but Hodgson replied in kind.

But that score stung the hosts into life and after a period of sustained pressure scrum-half Lee snuck snuck  
v. Usage Problem
A past tense and a past participle of sneak. See Usage Note at sneak.
 through a gap to cross. Replacement Greendale, on for Connor, added the extras.

And Greendale added a further penalty to seal the win.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 7, 2009
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