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Match Report

The Newport Gwent Dragons took away a bonus point win this evening in a derby clash against Scarlets in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Rodney Parade.


The side ran in five tries altogether with them coming from Harrison Keddie, Carl Meyer, Captain Nick Crosswell and two from centre Sam Beard. 

This is the Dragons third win in a row at Rodney Parade after overcoming Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 and CA-Brive in the Euorpean Rugby Challenge Cup.

It was the victors who added the first six points to the board thanks to the boot of fly-half Dan Jones. The Dragons added their own three points to the board thanks to a lineout drive, and Angus O’Brien’s boot.

Another penalty went the Scarlets way to extend their lead to 9-3 after 20 minutes on the clock. Ten minutes passed and on the half an hour marker saw a try from the Dragons. A quick tap and go from scrum-half Sarel Pretorius saw the Dragons move into the Scarlets 22, and through more agile from fly-half Angus O’Brien an offload to Sam Beard saw the centre cross for his first Anglo-Welsh try. O’Brien converted the try which saw the Dragons move into a lead of 10-9.

With half-time approaching, the Scarlets made their final move with hooker Dafydd Hughes crashing over the whitewash. A chip over the heads of the Dragons defence saw Gareth Owen collect and push towards the whitewash, only for the forwards to push over and Hughes score. Dan Jones converted to push the Scarlets into lead of 16-10.

Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 10 – Scarlets 16

The first five minutes of the second half saw referee Mike Adamson show red to Scarlets flanker Jack Condy, due to an off the ball offence. This gave the Dragons the upper hand and they took their chance.

Skipper Nick Crosswell crossed soon after the Dragons were denied their second try, after the ball was deemed to be out of play. He crossed over during the advantage. With O’Brien adding the extras, the Dragons took the lead 17-16.  Following this try full-back Carl Myer crossed for his own try thanks to a lovely kick which bounced his way, O’Brien once again made no mistake to extend the Dragons lead to 24-16.

The Scarlets weren’t deterred as wing Corey Baldwin raced to collect a kick and cross to narrow the score. However youngster Harrison Keddie secured the bonus point with a close range try.

Centre Sam Beard finished the night off with a fifth try, his second, with replacement Arwel Robson converting.

Final Scores: Newport Gwent Dragons 36 – Scarlets 21

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRFU)

Attendance: 3539 

T C D P Dragons V Scarlets T C D P
Substituted Sam Hobbs 1 Dylan Evans Substituted
Substituted Rhys Buckley 2 Dafydd Hughes Substituted 1
Leon Brown 3 Nicky Thomas Substituted
1 Nick Crosswell 4 Tadhg Beirne
Substituted Rynard Landman 5 Rynier Bernardo
1 Harrison Keddie 6 Jack Condy Red card
Oliver Griffiths 7 Josh Macleod Substituted
Ed Jackson 8 Morgan Allen
Substituted Sarel Pretorius 9 Aled Davies Substituted
4 1 Substituted Angus O'Brien 10 Dan Jones Substituted 1 3
Ashton Hewitt 11 Corey Baldwin 1
Substituted Adam Warren 12 Gareth Owen (C) Substituted
2 Sam Beard 13 Ioan Nicholas
Pat Howard 14 Richard Smith
1 Carl Meyer 15 Tom Williams
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Thomas Rhys Thomas 16 Taylor Davies Substitution
Substitution Thomas Davies 17 Luke Garrett Substitution
Substitution Brok Harris 18 Simon Gardiner Substitution
Substitution Matthew Screech 19 Ben Thompson
Nic Cudd 20 Tom Phillips Substitution
Substitution Tavis Knoyle 21 Declan Smith Substitution
Substitution Arwel Robson 22 Jack Maynard Substitution
Substitution Tyler Morgan 23 Billy McBryde Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Scarlets

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