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Match Report

Newport Gwent Dragons took away a bonus point win from tonights European Rugby Challenge Cup opener against CA Brive at Rodney Parade.


The Dragons got off to a good start and after what can only be described at a stunning final 20minutes the Men of Gwent sealed the win against a tough French side.

The Welsh Region made a great start to the game taking the lead with two Nick Macleod penalties within the first 10 minutes.  The Dragons added to their lead after the Frenchmen were pinged for being offside, this saw a quick tap and Rynard Landman end up over the whitewash. Macleods conversion extend the lead to 13-0 on the 12 minute marker.

The next score saw the opposition fly-half Thomas Laranjeira cross under the posts, thanks to his own kick and chase. He converted to narrow the score to 13-7. The visitors added three extra points thanks to the boot of Laranjeira which saw the scores go to 13-10.

Macloed got the chance to add three points but the penalty was missed and Laranjeira slotted another kick before half time to tie the scores on 13-13.

Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 13 – CA Brive 13

The Dragons responded to needed to get back on top and once again Macleod had the chance to kick a penalty. Unfortunately, the posts were missed and in quick succession the opposition were awarded a penalty kick with Laranjeira nailing it.

It was Dragons skipper Lewis Evans who turned the tables with a storming try after Hallam Amos crossed into the 22 from a lineout. The home side weren’t finished there as Man of the Match Cory Hill made his way over the whitewash to add another 7 points to the scoreboard thanks to Angus O’Brien converting.

The Dragons were one try away from the bonus point, and soon enough their efforts paid off. Replacement centre Sam Beard kicked a grubber kick for Hallam Amos to dot down in the corner. Then on the 75th minute came the Dragons 5th try as Adam Warren made it over the whitewash, for the try to be converted by Angus O’Brien.

Full Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 37 – CA Brive 16

Man of the Match: Cory Hill

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Attendance: 4126

T C D P Dragons V Brive T C D P
Substituted Thomas Davies 1 Vivien Devisme Substituted
Substituted Rhys Buckley 2 Guillaume Ribes Substituted
Substituted Brok Harris 3 Damien Jourdain Substituted
1 Cory Hill 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp
1 Substituted Rynard Landman 5 Johannes Snyman Substituted
Substituted James Thomas 6 William Whetton Substituted
1 (C) Lewis Evans 7 Fabien Sanconnie
Ed Jackson 8 Petrus Hauman (C)
Substituted Charlie Davies 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze Substituted
1 2 Substituted Nick MacLeod 10 Thomas Laranjeira 1 1 3
1 Hallam Amos 11 Guillaume Namy
1 Adam Warren 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison
Substituted Tyler Morgan 13 Arnaud Mignardi Substituted
Ashton Hewitt 14 Malakai Bakaniceva Substituted
Carl Meyer 15 Benjamin Lapeyre
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Darran Harris 16 Francois Da Ros Substitution
Substitution Phil Price 17 Damien Lavergne Substitution
Substitution Craig Mitchell 18 Soso Bekoshvili Substitution
Substitution Matthew Screech 19 Jan-Frederik Uys Substitution
Substitution Harrison Keddie 20 Peniami Narisia Substitution
Substitution Sarel Pretorius 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine Substitution
2 Substitution Angus O'Brien 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya Substitution
Substitution Sam Beard 23 Sevenaia Galala Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Brive

CA Brive-Correze
  • Munster small
  • Dragons Wine Club
  • JDVII small
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Saturday January 26



Rodney Parade, Newport

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