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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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|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Bath vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Sale vs Scarlets|
|15:00||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
|Friday 14th November|
|Ospreys 35 - 51 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Leicester 29 - 13 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 9 - 18 Gloucester|
|Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Exeter 18 - 6 Bath|
|Friday 7th November|
|Newcastle 21 - 22 Cardiff Blues|
|Harlequins 31 - 21 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Ospreys 9 - 21 Saracens|
|Scarlets 7 - 24 Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|Saracens 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Northampton 37 - 23 Newcastle|
|London Irish 16 - 17 Leicester|
|Bath 47 - 7 London Welsh|
|Exeter 28 - 27 Gloucester|
|Sale Sharks 32 - 29 Wasps|
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