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Match Report

Man of the Match Jason Tovey broke Ceri Sweeney’s Dragons points scoring record with a match winning performance against Ulster at Rodney Parade.

The 24 year old fly half, who returned to Gwent was successful with four penalties and a drop goal which put the Dragons firmly into the lead against last season’s finalists. Tovey accounted for all of the 15 home points to take his career total to 576 – six more than Sweeney.


It was a touching start to the opening round of the RaboDirect Pro12 league as there was a minute silence for both Marilyn Brown, wife of major benefactor at Rodney Parade Tony Brown and for former Wales international Cliff Morgan.


Tovey almost immediately fired over a difficult penalty which went wide of the posts but the Dragons kept pilling on the pressure with Lewis Evans making a break for the try line; coming up short.


The Dragons went on to win a line out and Tovey made use of the space and got the drop kick taking the scores to 3-0.


Theres a scrum to the home side but they unfortunately lose it resulting in a penalty given to Ulster  right in front of the posts; Paddy Jackson stepped up to the plate and he made it though which evens the scores up to 3-3 with 13 minutes gone.


Tovey then put the Dragons back into the lead with a penalty kick taking them into the lead 6-3;
Ulster responded as Roger Wilson made it across the white wash, but Jackson missed the conversion and a following penalty making the scores 6-8 to the visitors after 38 minutes.


Half time Dragons 6-8 Ulster


Ulster rugby again make some sloppy errors and Dragons take the penalty, Tovey again hits it directly between the posts edging the Dragons into the lead by one point 9-8.


Ulster reply with a 60m break but they come up short and don’t make the try line.


Its then a long distance penalty to the Dragons and Tovey puts it right between the posts; scores stand at 12-8.


There's another penalty kick for the Dragons as Jason Tovey helps them creep further into the lead witht the scores standing at 15-8 with nine minutes remaining.


Ulster gave everything to snatch a draw but were unable to breach a brave home defence.


Dragons: D Evans; T Prydie, P Leach, J Dixon, H Amos; J Tovey, R Rees; A Coundley (P Price), R Thomas, D Way (F Chaparro), M Screech (A Jones), A Coombs (capt), J Groves (N Talei), L Evans, N Cudd


Pens: Tovey (4)


Drop-goal: Tovey


Ulster: J Payne; A Trimble, L Marshall, C Farrell (D Cave), D McIlwaine; P Jackson (J McKinney), P Marshall (I Porter); C Black (T Court), R Herring, R Lutton (D Fitzpatrick), J Muller (capt), D Tuohy (L Stevenson), R Diack, R Wilson, C Henry (S Doyle).


Try: Wilson


Pen: Jackson


Referee: Claudio Blessano (Italy)


Attendance: 5,165 

T C D P Dragons V Ulster T C D P
Substituted Aaron Coundley 1 Callum Black Substituted
Thomas Rhys Thomas 2 Rob Herring Substituted
Substituted Dan Way 3 Ricky Lutton Substituted
(C) Andrew Coombs 4 Johann Muller (C)
Substituted Matthew Screech 5 Dan Tuohy Substituted
Substituted Jevon Groves 6 Robbie Diack
Nic Cudd 7 Chris Henry Substituted
Lewis Evans 8 Roger Wilson 1
Richie Rees 9 Paul Marshall Substituted
1 4 Jason Tovey 10 Paddy Jackson Substituted 1
Hallam Amos 11 David McIlwaine
Jack Dixon 12 Chris Farrell Substituted
Patrick Leach 13 Luke Marshall
Tom Prydie 14 Andrew Trimble
Dan Evans 15 Jared Payne
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Hugh Gustafson 16 Niall Annett Substitution
Substitution Phil Price 17 Tom Court Substitution
Substitution Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 18 Declan Fitzpatrick Substitution
Substitution Adam Jones 19 Lewis Stevenson Substitution
Substitution Netani Talei 20 Sean Doyle Substitution
Jonathan Evans 21 Ian Porter Substitution
Kristopher Burton 22 James McKinney Substitution
Ross Wardle 23 Darren Cave Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Ulster

  • Munster small
  • Dragons Wine Club
  • JDVII small
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Saturday January 26



Rodney Parade, Newport

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