Dragons Under-18s completed the first round of fixtures in the Regional Age Grade Championship with a 29-17 defeat at the hands of Scarlets Under-18s at Parc y Scarlets on Wednesday evening.
Scarlets raced into an early 10-0 lead, with the visitors reduced to 14 when Oli Andrews was yellow carded, before Dragons hit back with a try from back row George Young that was converted by Joe Westwood.
The hosts stretched the lead out with two further scores before replacement Che Hope crossed the whitewash just after the break.
A late try from centre Johnny Paynter could not spark a comeback, despite Scarlets losing two players to the sin bin late on.
Dragons Under-18s are back in action in the Regional Age Grade Championship in January when they travel to RGC Under-16s.
03m Samuel t Wainwright c 7-0
09m Wainwright p 10-0
30m Young t Westwood c 10-7
33m O’Connor t 15-7
37m Richard t Tregoning c 22-7
41m Hope t 22-12
45m Rae t Tregoning c 29-12
60m Paynter t 29-17
Dragons Under-18s: Evan Gregg, Oli Andrews (Jarvis 46), Johnny Paynter, Oli Andrew, Carrick McDonough, Joe Westwood (Anderson 59), Morgan Lloyd (Hope 36); Aaron Dowse (Strachan 61), Conor Chapman (Smith 61), Adam Williams (Powell 61), Joe Cooper (Scarfe 39), Ben Langdon, George Young, Joe Coope-Franklin (Stansfield 46), Ben Moa
Replacements: Pacey Smith, Jamie Strachan, Jack Powell, Lewis Stansfield, Sam Scarfe, Che Hope, George Stephens, Hamish Anderson