Worcester took advantage of a depleted Sale side to secure just their second Premiership victory of the season with a 17-9 success at Sale.
But it was no more than Mike Ruddock’s men deserved having created more scoring opportunities than their hosts and produced the only try of a drab match.
In fact the margin of victory could have been even greater as the Sixways outfit missed six of their ten kicks at goal, which would have given them 17 points and condemned the Premiership hopefuls to an even more embarrassing defeat.
In the end, however, the Worcester scrum was just too powerful for a Sharks pack that clearly missed Andrew Sheridan and a second-half try from Netani Talei was enough to settle the game.
The visitors went ahead in the fourth minute when Chris Latham smashed the ball into midfield and forced Sharks to dive over. Jones accepted the gift from close range.
But the scores were level on the quarter hour when Netani Talei entered a ruck at the side and afforded Hodgson an easy three points.
Sale punished Worcester’s wastefulness when Hodgson landed a second penalty, from inside his own half, with eight minutes to go before half time.
Then with the last action of the period the Warriors scrum forced Sale to pop up and Jones made it 6-6 at the break.
The decisive score came 13 minutes after the restart as Latham’s superb positional kick gave Talei the chance to barge over. Hodgson added one more penalty but Jones was successful with two.
SALE: Tait (Macleod, 72); Cueto, Keil (Tuilagi, 54), Bell, Doherty; Hodgson, Wigglesworth; O’Donnell, Briggs, Turner, Schofield, Cockbain (Gaskell 68), Ormsby (Tait, 14), Abrahams, Fearns. Replacements: Marc Jones, Davies, Leck.
WORCESTER: Latham; Pennell, Rasmussen, Tuitupou (Crichton, 77), Benjamin; Matt Jones, R Powell (M Powell, 50); Mullan, Fortey, Taumoepeau, Rawlinson, Gillies, Talei, Sanderson, Horstmann. Replacements: Horsman, Page, Bowley, Cox, Gear.
Referee: David Rose.
Warriors surprise Sale in drab affair
Sale 9 Worcester 17