adverts pointer icon

Match Report

Despite a gutsy display of rugby from Newport Gwent Dragons they unfortunately missed out on their third home win of the season.

In their last Guinness PRO12 match before the European Challenge Cup tournament begins, the Welsh Region struggled to get the all-important win against Ulster despite leading the game for the majority of play.

The Dragons began the match well dominating the first quarter at Rodney Parade. With 20 minutes on the clock the Men of Gwent were firmly in the lead with three successful penalties from fly half Dorian Jones.

The Men of Gwent were fully in control of the first quarter as they stretched into the lead, whilst Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey was penalised for tripping a Dragons player.

However Ulster soon found their feet in Newport as Paddy Jackson had a chance at adding points to board and before half time he kicked over 6 points.

Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 9 – Ulster 6 

The second half saw the rain come in over Rodney Parade and Ulster appeared to enjoy the weather by controlling the opening minutes of the second half. 

When Dragons Skipper Rynard Landman was sin binned for entering the ruck illegally, it was Ulster who made the most of their advantage.

They used the scrum to their advantage by pushing the hosts back to their try line however the Ulster tactic didn’t work as scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius extracts the ball and kick it away to relieve pressure. 

It was Ulster who managed to get the only try of the afternoon as Paul Marshall got away from the defence as crossed the whitewash. Jackson converted the try and it pushed the visitors into the lead 13-9.

The Dragons now saw that they needed a try of their own to close the gap and opted for the corner rather than kicking for the posts. But a great defensive effort from the opposition saw the Dragons knock the ball on.

Their next attempt was one at the posts, as replacement Jason Tovey brought the two teams within one point of each other and with Ulster now down to 14 men this was the time to take their chance.

However it was Ulster who were awarded a penalty kick, but Jackson missed. When the opposition awarded another penalty to the fly-half, he made no mistake and knocked the ball over the posts.

Ulster weren’t finished their with points though after another penalty was kicked over the posts to make it 19-12 to the visitors.

The hosts came back with all they could give, and it took some determined defence to hold off the Dragons. It looked like the Welsh Region made it over the white wash after Landman’s return. However referee Dudley Phillips checked and deemed that the Skipper was held up.

Once again the Dragons attempted to battle their way over the white wash but after a 5m scrum and a driving lineout their attempts failed to reap any reward, with the final whistle being blown. 

Full Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 19 – Ulster 12

Newport Gwent Dragons: Carl Meyer; Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Nick Scott; Dorian Jones, Sarel Pretorius; Boris Stankovich, Elliot Dee, Shaun Knight; Cory Hill, Rynard Landman (c), Ed Jackson, Ollie Griffiths, Taulupe Faletau.

Ulster: Peter Nelson; Rory Scholes, Darren Cave, Stuart McCloskey, Sam Arnold; Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; Kyle McCall, Rob Herring (captain), Wiehahn Herbst; Dan Tuohy, Franco van der Merwe; Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Stephen Mulholland.

Man of the Match: Ollie Griffiths 

Attendance: 4483

Referee: Dudley Phillips


T C D P Dragons V Ulster T C D P
Substituted Boris Stankovich 1 Kyle McCall
Substituted Elliot Dee 2 Rob Herring (C) Substituted
Substituted Shaun Knight 3 Wiehahn Herbst Substituted
Substituted Cory Hill 4 Dan Tuohy
Yellow card (C) Rynard Landman 5 Franco Van Der Merwe Substituted
Substituted Ed Jackson 6 Robbie Diack
Oliver Griffiths 7 Chris Henry
Taulupe Faletau 8 Steven Mulholland Substituted
Substituted Sarel Pretorius 9 Paul Marshall Substituted 1
3 Substituted Dorian Jones 10 Paddy Jackson 1 4
Nick Scott 11 Sam Arnold Substituted
Adam Warren 12 Stuart McCloskey Yellow card
Adam Hughes 13 Darren Cave
Ashton Hewitt 14 Rory Scholes
Substituted Carl Meyer 15 Peter Nelson
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Rhys Buckley 16 Rory Best Substitution Yellow card
Substitution Phil Price 17 Ricky Lutton Substitution
Substitution Brok Harris 18 Bronson Ross
Substitution Matthew Screech 19 Lewis Stevenson Substitution
Substitution Lewis Evans 20 Sean Reidy Substitution
Substitution Charlie Davies 21 Ruan Pienaar Substitution
1 Substitution Jason Tovey 22 Ian Humphreys
Substitution Ross Wardle 23 Craig Gilroy Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Ulster

  • Ospreys Fireworks
  • JDVII small
  • How to find us
next game pointer icon

Next Game

Friday December 21

Cardiff Blues


Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

KO 7:35 PM

adverts pointer icon

Official Sponsors