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Match Report

By Joe Crocker

By Joe Crocker


For the second time in a fortnight a Scottish team came to Wales lacking the necessary polish to finish off games; Edinburgh like its national side showed plenty of huff and puff but the net result was never really in doubt at Rodney Parade on Saturday evening. 

The visitors took an early lead when Phil Godman kicked a penalty within the first two minutes. Things threatened to get worse when Gavin Thomas, who was making his 100th league appearance, was binned for handling in the ruck. 

But to their credit the Dragons showed the better attacking intent - once they settled - and were rewarded with two penalties that Jason Tovey cooly slotted between the posts.  

The Dragons were further aided on the return of Thomas from the bin when lock Sean Cox was sent in the opposite direction when he was binned for coming in from the side of a ruck.

With the extra player the Dragons continued to forage deep in Edinburgh territory and following some high-tempo phases from the forwards which generated quick ball, scrum half Joe Bedford dived over to score his first RaboDirect PRO12 try.  

As confidence began to flow the Dragons began to turn the screw on a very well organised Edinburgh defence. A couple great breaks by Andy Tuilagi kept the Scottish side on the back foot and some quick ball from Bedford and Martyn Thomas looked to have put Aled Brew  in the corner on his 100th appearance but his pass was ruled forward.

The second half lacked the intensity of the first and it wasn't until mid way through that the first points were scored when Tovey kicked another penalty to increase the Dragons' lead to 21-3. 

This prompted Edinburgh into action and after some end-to-end play and the usual disruption of mass-substitutions, Grant Gilchrist managed to find a way to the line despite some good Dragons defence.

It was all in all a good performance by the Dragons against a well drilled Edinburgh side but errors need to be sorted out before more progress can be made.

T C D P Dragons V Edinburgh T C D P
Substituted Nathan Williams 1 Kyle Traynor Substituted
Substituted Steve Jones 2 Alun Walker Substituted
Substituted Nathan Buck 3 Jack Gilding Substituted
Jevon Groves 4 Grant Gilchrist 1
Rob Sidoli 5 Sean Cox Yellow card
Substituted Lewis Evans 6 Stuart McInally
Substituted Darren Waters 7 Roddy Grant (C)
Yellow card Gavin Thomas 8 Netani Talei
1 Joe Bedford 9 Chris Leck Substituted
1 3 Jason Tovey 10 Phil Godman Substituted 1
1 Aled Brew 11 Tim Visser
Substituted (C) Ashley Smith 12 John Houston Substituted
Andy Tuilagi 13 Matt Scott
Adam Hughes 14 Sep Visser
Substituted Martyn Thomas 15 Tom Brown
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Sam Parry 16 Andrew Kelly Substitution
Substitution Phil Price 17 Robin Hislop Substitution
Substitution Dan Way 18 Ulises Gamboa Substitution
Substitution Hugo Ellis 19 Rob McAlpine
Substitution Tom Brown 20 Hamish Watson
Jonathan Evans 21 Alex Black Substitution
Substitution Lewis Robling 22 Gregor Hunter Substitution 1
Substitution Will Harries 23 Jim Thompson Substitution

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