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