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Dragons U20s suffer second consecutive loss

The Dragons under 20s suffered a second defeat of the season in the WRU Reebok Regional Championship game with the Scarlets at Narberth.

Kath McCarthy | 01/12/2005

Unbeaten in their opening two games, the Scarlets made it three out of three with a straightforward 47-10 success over the third placed Dragons.

Right wing Alec Jenkins was the hero of the hour for the home side - he ran in four tries as the Scarlets romped home. Outside half Rhys Priestland bagged a fifth, as well as 12 points with the boot, whilst flanker Josh Turnbull and the outstanding Ashley Banfield raced over to complete the rout.  The Dragons stayed in contention for a short while in the first half, but despite a try from Richard Wilkes and a penalty and conversion from Ashley Smith, they were outgunned in a second half which saw the Scarlets run up 19 points without reply.

Meanwhile the Ospreys did their chances no harm with a comfortable victory over the Blues at St Helens. There were five tries in all for the Ospreys with James Pike helping himself to a couple in his side's 35-8 success. The Blues have struggled this season to gather any momentum despite being tipped at the beginning of the season as one of the probable front-runners. Gareth Williams-Davies kicked a penalty for them in the first half and Jamie Roberts added a second half try. However, the Ospreys, after being held early on, were head and shoulders above their visitors with Pike, Lee Bevan and Sam Kiley crossing for first half tries. Jason Howells and Pike with a second scored in the second half with Jonathan Spratt adding a couple of conversions and as many penalties. Ospreys' coach Gethin Watts said, "It was tight early on but once we went over for our first try we took control. In the second half we played really well and in the end deserved to win it as we did."

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