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Match Report

Newport Gwent Dragon faced a tricky start to the 2016/17 season as their Guinness PRO12 opener was against a tough Irish side, Ulster.


The Men of Gwent began their quest for success well, as fly-half Nick Macleod added a penalty kick to the score board. This was closely followed by a lovely chip from Macleod, which allowed debutant Pat Howard to cross for his first try in Dragons colours. 

However this great lead didn’t last too well as a turnover ball saw, Man of the Match Ruan PIenaar kick into space allowing wing Rob Lyttle cross for Ulster form try of the night. South African scrum half Pienaar converted the try to see Ulster within one point of the Dragons 8. And the hosts gained the lead soon after with Jacob Stockdale collecting his own kick and crossing.

Half Time: Ulster Rugby 12 - Newport Gwent Dragons 8

Changes just before the half and during half time meant that skipper Lewis Evans replaced Ollie Griffiths, Welsh international Tyler Morgan coming on for Sam Beard, Nick Crosswell replacing Rynard Landman and Lloyd Fairbrother covering for Craig Mitchell.

Unfortunately for the Dragons Pienaar was on a mission, and with that he charged down fullback Carl Meyer’s kick to extend Ulster’s lead to 17-8 after 45 minutes on the clock.  Ulster were still hungry and on the 65 minute marker the hosts went on the charge and Lyttle made it over for his second try of the evening. Before the final whistle came Ulster’s captain Rob Herring crossed thanks to a driving lineout ending the match on a score of 29-8.

T C D P Ulster V Dragons T C D P
Substituted Callum Black 1 Sam Hobbs Substituted
1 Substituted (C) Rob Herring 2 Thomas Rhys Thomas (C) Substituted
Substituted Ross Kane 3 Craig Mitchell Substituted
Substituted Peter Browne 4 Cory Hill Substituted
Franco Van Der Merwe 5 Rynard Landman Substituted
Clive Ross 6 Oliver Griffiths Substituted
Substituted Sean Reidy 7 Nic Cudd
Substituted Roger Wilson 8 Ed Jackson
1 2 Ruan Pienaar 9 Sarel Pretorius Substituted
Brett Herron 10 Nick MacLeod Substituted 1
1 Jacob Stockdale 11 Pat Howard 1
Substituted Stuart McCloskey 12 Jack Dixon
Stuart Olding 13 Sam Beard Substituted
Substituted Craig Gilroy 14 Adam Warren
Substituted Charles Piutau 15 Carl Meyer
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution John Andrew 16 Rhys Buckley Substitution
Substitution Kyle McCall 17 Thomas Davies Substitution
Substitution Andrew Warwick 18 Lloyd Fairbrother Substitution
Substitution Alan O'Connor 19 Nick Crosswell Substitution
Substitution Robbie Diack 20 Lewis Evans Substitution
Substitution Paul Marshall 21 Charlie Davies Substitution
Substitution Sam Windsor 22 Angus O'Brien Substitution
2 Substitution Robert Lyttle 23 Tyler Morgan Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Ulster       Dragons

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