Hodgson eyes unlikely ton

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:30
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Captain Matt Hodgson is set to become the first Western Force player to notch up a ton of games against all the odds.

Captain Matt Hodgson is set to become the first Western Force player to notch up a ton of games against all the odds.
 
The Western Force skipper's career was at a crossroads during the middle of last decade after he suffered serious knee and shoulder injuries ffollowing an ankle reconstruction. With his body battered and bruised, a rugby career at the elite level looked beyond Hodgson.
 
But nine years later, and with 99 Super Rugby caps behind him Hodgson is looking back at his illustrious career with fondness.
 
A dedicated rehabilitation program got Hodgson back on track and inaugural Force coach John Mitchell gave the young flanker his big break.
 
"I had had three reconstructions in three years, and got told I might not play again after a big knee injury in the sevens," Hodgson told AAP. "I just put my head down and tried to focus on rehab.
 
"I was lucky enough to catch up with John Mitchell in a one-on-one meeting, and I was lucky enough to fill a roster spot at the Force. 
 
"Moving over here in 2005 I was happy to get one game. Now to reach 100 games is a big achievement for me," he added.
 
Hodgson played in the Force's first ever game - a 25-10 loss to the Brumbies in 2006 - and he has been a part of the side ever since.
 
The Force are yet to make the play-offs, and a top-six berth looks beyond them this season after opening their campaign with successive losses.
 
But Hodgson is confident team success isn't far away, claiming the programme coach Michael Foley has set in place will eventually yield results.
 
"To get the Force to the top of the table is something I want to do,"the 32-year-old said. "We've built something special under Foles. We've got belief in ourselves. Now it's just about turning it around."
 
Hodgson is contracted until the end of next season, and the Sydney-born forward hasn't ruled out playing on after that. But his immediate focus is on Saturday night's home clash with the Rebels in Perth.
 
Perth holds no fears for the Rebels, who have won their past four games against the Force - two of which were in Perth.
 
"They're unpredictable," Hodgson said. "We're looking for them to come out and play an expansive game."
 
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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Kings v Jaguares 26 | 39
Scotland v Wales 29 | 13
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 0 0 1 1
Force 1 0 0 1 1
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 5
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 4
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0