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Match Report

Leinster came from behind the regional side to win a hard fought encounter at Rodney Parade.

Ross Wardle's try helped Dragons to a 10-6 half-time lead but the game turned after lock Adam Jones was sin-binned.

Leinster made the most of their man advantage with Aaron Dundon and Noel Reid claiming converted tries.

The Irish side had Jack O'Connell sin-binned but held on as Dragons could only summon two Jason Tovey penalties. 

But despite enjoying territorial advantage and the majority of possession the visitors had only one Jimmy Gopperth penalty to show for it, with the former Newcastle fly-half missing his first kick but being on target with his second.

That advantage was squandered as the Dragons - who were missing two internationals themselves - broke out at last and Leinster conceded a penalty, allowing Tom Prydie to bring the home side level with a long-range kick.

Leinster continued to create chances but first Gopperth was just wide with a drop-goal before the New Zealander was denied a try.

Reid looked to have sent Gopperth over but the Leinster centre had been dragged into touch by Prydie a split-second before passing.

Instead it was the Dragons who claimed the game's first try with a flowing move from halfway.

Richie Rees took a quick tap-penalty, catching Leinster unawares, before a long pass released his backs.

Prydie made ground on the right before passing back inside for the supporting Wardle, with Tovey adding the difficult conversion.

Gopperth did add a second penalty on the stroke of half-time, but the Dragons still held a 10-6 lead.

Tovey and Gopperth exchanged penalties after the restart before Dragons lock Jones was sin-binned for dangerous play at a line-out.

That proved a turning point as within a minute Leinster had taken advantage, with hooker Dundon shunted over from close range for a try converted by Gopperth.

A second Leinster try followed swiftly as Kirchner broke down the blindside before sending Reid away for a converted try to make it 23-13.

Tovey reduced the deficit with a penalty, then added another after Leinster replacement prop O'Connell was shown the yellow card with 10 minutes left for illegally slapping the ball away at a ruck.

Dragons ended the match camped on Leinster's line but could not find the way across it to snatch victory from the defending champions.

Jonathan Evans thought he had scored the try that would have rescued Dragon's unbeaten home record this season.

But referee John Lacey called back the replacement scrum-half for taking the quick tap from the wrong place and Dragons had to settle for a losing bonus point.

Dragons: Hallam Amos, Tom Prydie, Pat Leach, Ross Wardle, Adam Hughes, Jason Tovey, Richie Rees; Owen Evans, Sam Parry, Dan Way, Adam Jones, Matthew Screech, Jevon Groves, Lewis Evans (c), Netani Talei.

Replacements: Dan Evans, Jonathan Evans, Nathan Williams, Hugh Gustafson, Francisco Chaparro, Rob Sidoli, Ieuan Jones, Kris Burton. 

Att: 6,174

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland).

T C D P Dragons V Leinster T C D P
Substituted Owen Evans 1 Michael Bent Substituted
Substituted Sam Parry 2 Aaron Dundon 1
Substituted Dan Way 3 Martin Moore Substituted
Yellow card Substituted Adam Jones 4 Quinn Roux Substituted
Substituted Matthew Screech 5 Tom Denton Substituted
Substituted Jevon Groves 6 Dominic Ryan Substituted
(C) Lewis Evans 7 Shane Jennings (C)
Netani Talei 8 Rhys Ruddock
Substituted Richie Rees 9 John Cooney
1 3 Jason Tovey 10 Jimmy Gopperth 2 3
Substituted Adam Hughes 11 Lote Tuqiri Substituted
1 Ross Wardle 12 Noel Reid 1
Patrick Leach 13 Luke Fitzgerald
1 Tom Prydie 14 Darragh Fanning
Hallam Amos 15 Zane Kirchner
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Hugh Gustafson 16 James Tracy
Substitution Nathan Williams 17 Jack O'Connell Substitution Yellow card
Substitution Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 18 Tadhg Furlong Substitution
Substitution Rob Sidoli 19 Ben Marshall Substitution
Substitution Ieuan Jones 20 Leo Auva'a Substitution
Substitution Jonathan Evans 21 Luke McGrath
Kristopher Burton 22 Cathal Marsh
Substitution Dan Evans 23 Brendan Macken Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Leinster

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



Rodney Parade, Newport

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