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Dragons look for momentum
Scarlets fall away in second half after scores had been level at 9-9
Full-back Martyn Thomas has called for Newport Gwent Dragons to carry their LV= Cup form into the Magners League after seeing off the Scarlets.
The Dragons secured top spot in their pool and with it a place in the semi-finals with a 26-9 triumph over their Welsh rivals on Sunday.
Making just his second start since suffering a serious leg injury, Thomas scored two tries in the second-half to help the hosts run out comfortable winners.
"We struggled at the start of the season and have had a lot of injuries. Now we look forward to who we have got in the LV= Cup but, more importantly, we have momentum going into the Magners League," he said.
"Hopefully, we can get some wins and hope to move up the table.
"Conditions played a massive part in the game with a strong wing but we went through our phases and looked to play in their half in the second half. Then basically the tries came.
"The Scarlets have a few guys in the Welsh camp and they are a young side but they performed well. Luckily for us, we managed to get the win."
Assistant coach Darren Edwards admitted the Dragons had not had it easy though, with the sides having been locked together at 9-9 after 53 minutes.
"Nigel Davies (Scarlets head coach) ought to be proud of his boys. They were a tough nut to crack and gave it everything," he said.
"They defended really well and they frustrated us. There were never any worries, it was a matter of making sure we stuck to plan, which we did, and, fortunately, you could see the game starting to turn.
"It really was like a cup game out there and we managed to turn the tide to come out on top."
The Scarlets were already out of the competition after Gloucester topped their group with a win over London Irish on Saturday.
However they still gave it their all at Rodney Parade and were well in contention at one stage, thanks to three penalties from Daniel Evans.
"The guys were not being clinical, which let us down," wing Joe Ajuwa said. "There were a few key moments when we needed the ball to come out to us (from the loose) and it didn't.
"That was just a bit of inexperience. The second half let us down a bit but it was encouraging.
"The Scarlets motto, which we have in the changing rooms, is we always come to win. We thought we could definitely turn them over but, unfortunately, the ball doesn't bounce your way at times.
"You win some and you lose some. We never came here just to make up the numbers, we came here to win and that was the attitude we took."
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|Saracens 35 - 18 Exeter|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 17 - 13 London Welsh|
|Saturday 7th February|
|Northampton 29 - 6 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 7 Harlequins|
|Bath 10 - 13 Ospreys|
|London Irish 13 - 31 Newcastle|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 43 Leicester|
|Sale Sharks 38 - 3 Scarlets|
|Sunday 1st February|
|Newcastle 39 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 15 - 20 Saracens|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 32 - 37 Exeter|
|Wasps 42 - 45 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 31st January|
|Scarlets 27 - 18 London Irish|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Northampton|
|Gloucester 32 - 25 Ospreys|
|Harlequins 21 - 23 Bath|
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