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Newport Gwent Dragons kicked off the new RaboDirect PRO12 campaign with a bonus point victory over new Italian outfit Zebre at Rodney Parade.
It was a rousing first-half performance by the Welshmen as Dan Evans grabbed two first-half tries with others coming from centre Andy Tuilagi and wing Will Harries.
Wing Tom Prydie kicked four conversions and two penalties and fly-half Steffan Jones added a drop-goal against two penalties for Zebre's fly-half Luciano Orquera.
The Dragons had their four tries and bonus point in the bag by the break with probable and possible Welsh caps for the big Autumn Test matches against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia watched by national coach Warren Gatland and assistant Neil Jenkins from the stand.
Gatland would have been impressed by the very early season form of regular Wales stars Dan Lydiate and Toby Faetau, who both had good run-outs against a Zebre side who showed plenty of fighting spirit for their debut in the competition.
However, as reasonable as the Italians were in attack, their defence was found wanting when stretched, leaving them way off the pace at 34-6 at half-time.
Full-back Evans had a glorious 40 minutes. The Wales Under-20 cap, making his debut for the Gwent side after five seasons at the Scarlets, set-up the first try of the campaign for powerful Tuilagi on 13 minutes before scoring two himself towards the end of the half.
But none of those three tries matched the cracker on 19 minutes which came after a thumping tackle inside the home 22 saw hooker Steve Jones, another on Gatland's possible list, retrieve the ball.
The Dragons skipper ran out and gave it to Prydie before the ex-Wales wing produced a piece of quick-thinking.
He was tackled into touch but threw the ball straight back into play, found Jones who laid the ball to Harries to storm over.
Jones booted a drop-goal while Prydie added all four conversions to an early penalty against two penalties from Zebre stand-off Lucian Orquera.
The concern for Dragons coach Darren Edwards, though, must have been how his side dropped the intensity in the second half having established such a big lead.
Zebre, with the pack working as a unit and a wily scrum-half in 14-times Italy capped Tito Tebaldi behind, put pressure on the Welshmen for quite a while in the second period but failed to find a route to the line.
As the clocked ticked over the hour mark, the Dragons finally got the scoreboard moving again when Zebre infringed in front of their posts and Prydie popped over his second penalty.
To their credit, the Italians were enterprising in attack all night with the ball in hand and were not worried about throwing it around via the forwards or backs - which kept the home side on their toes.
But it was not a good second-half for the Dragons.
Nevertheless, Gatland and Jenkins left the ground a few minutes before the end having seen a job well done - although it goes from one extreme to the next in the Dragons' second league game where they play last season's runners-up and Heineken Cup champions Leinster in Dublin.
|Friday 14th March|
|19:05||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Friday 21st March|
|19:05||Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:15||Leinster vs Zebre|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|15:00||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|19:15||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|15:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|Saturday 29th March|
|15:00||Zebre vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|18:30||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|19:00||Leinster vs Munster|
|Sunday 30th March|
|14:05||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|Thursday 3rd April|
|18:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Edinburgh|
|Friday 11th April|
|19:05||Ulster vs Connacht|
|19:05||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 12th April|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|18:30||Munster vs Glasgow|
|18:30||Scarlets vs Zebre|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Zebre vs Edinburgh|
|15:00||Glasgow vs Ulster|
|15:00||Leinster vs Benetton Treviso|
|15:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|16:45||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Leinster 28 - 25 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 18 - 13 Munster|
|Connacht 38 - 6 Benetton Treviso|
|Zebre 15 - 10 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 28th February|
|Edinburgh 31 - 25 Ospreys|
|Ulster 38 - 8 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Sunday 23rd February|
|Zebre 19 - 27 Connacht|
|Ospreys 11 - 25 Munster|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 24 - 23 Glasgow|
|Benetton Treviso 12 - 14 Ulster|
|Saturday 22nd February|
|Scarlets 25 - 21 Edinburgh|
|Thursday 20th February|
|Cardiff Blues 22 - 34 Leinster|
|Sunday 16th February|
|Ospreys 75 - 7 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 15th February|
|Munster 36 - 8 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 20 - 27 Glasgow|
|Connacht 11 - 7 Edinburgh|
|Friday 14th February|
|Leinster 31 - 19 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Sunday 9th February|
|Zebre 8 - 31 Leinster|
|Glasgow 8 - 6 Connacht|
|Saturday 8th February|
|Munster 54 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Benetton Treviso 33 - 41 Scarlets|
|Friday 7th February|
|Ulster 10 - 7 Ospreys|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Stuart Barnes with skysports.com