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Match Report

Newport Gwent Dragons missed out on the win at Rodney Parade in the third round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.


Following a pitch inspection from the referee, John Meredith, and both teams agreeing to go ahead the match was deemed playable and kick off took place at the correct time of 15:00. 

Despite the rain, the Men of Gwent began the match well with a lovely 40m penalty kick from the boot of wing Tom Prydie.

However, Newcastle Falcons forced their way over the whitewash not long after with a driving lineout try from their number 8 Mark Wilson. With a successful conversion kick from scrum-half Sonatane Taklulua.

The Dragons came back with a break from Sarel Pretorius, and with a penalty awarded to the home side they opt to kick to the corner. The Dragons drive hard towards the try line but the Newcastle pack are solid and drive the Dragons back. With another penalty going the Dragons way this time Prydie opts for the posts to take the scores to 7-6, to Newcastle.

Within a few minutes of the restart Newcastle were back inside the Dragons 22 and with the ball going out wide, a gap opened up int eh Dragons defence to see Belisario Agulla cross for their second try. The conversion was missed but Newcastle led 12-6.

Before half time Newcastle slotted another three points to lead 15-6.

Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 6 – Newcastle Falcons 15

The second half saw the rain come down harder and the conditions worsen, but even with a change of referee both teams were ready for the final 40minutes.

The visitors were dominant with them playing consistently in the Dragons 22, and a penalty kick awarded Takulua successful kicked to extend the lead to 18-6. There was another chance with Dragons Rynard Landman being yellow carded but this time they failed to convert. 

With the Dragons defending well they gain a penalty and Jones kicks to touch into the Newcastle 22, but with the rain continuing to fall and large puddles forming on the pitch the referee called the game off.

Final Scores: Newport Gwent Dragons 6 – Newcastle Falcons 18

Referee: John Meredith (RFU)

Attendance: 3746

T C D P Dragons V Newcastle T C D P
Thomas Davies 1 Rob Vickers
Substituted Rhys Buckley 2 Scott Lawson
Brok Harris 3 Jon Welsh
Substituted Matthew Screech 4 Calum Green
Yellow card Rynard Landman 5 Evan Olmstead
Substituted Oliver Griffiths 6 Sean Robinson
Nic Cudd 7 Will Welch (C)
Harrison Keddie 8 Mark Wilson 1
Substituted Sarel Pretorius 9 Sonatane Takulua 1 2
Dorian Jones 10 Joel Hodgson
2 Tom Prydie 11 Vereniki Goneva
Adam Warren 12 Juan Pablo Socino
Tyler Morgan 13 Chris Harris
(C) Adam Hughes 14 Belisario Agulla 1
Carl Meyer 15 Alex Tait
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Thomas Rhys Thomas 16 Kyle Cooper
Craig Mitchell 17 Adam Brocklebank
Lloyd Fairbrother 18 Andrew Foster
Substitution James Thomas 19 Mouritz Botha
Substitution Robson Blake 20 Callum Chick
Substitution Charlie Davies 21 Micky Young
Angus O'Brien 22 Craig Willis
Sam Beard 23 Dominic Waldouck

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Newcastle

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