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Newport Gwent D'gons
- Guinness PRO12
- 22nd Nov 2013
- KO 19:35
- Ground: Scotstoun Stadium
- Att: 4,665
RaboDirect Pro 12: Newport-Gwent Dragons stun Glasgow Warriors
- Gilroy double guides Ulster
- Morgan stars for Ospreys
- Scarlets edge Connacht
- Munster win to go top
- In-form Leinster leave it late
Newport-Gwent Dragons secured their first away win of the season with a surprise 23-8 victory against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night.
The shock victory helped the visitors gain revenge over Glasgow, who scored a total of 97 points against them in two drubbings last term.
Glasgow took an early lead through a try from Niko Matawalu but Dragons - despite having Pat Leach, Matt Pewtner and Netani Talei all spending time in the sin-bin at various points - proved to be the more cohesive side, well marshalled by scrum-half Richie Rees.
No 10 Jason Tovey scored a try in the first half and Will Harries in the second, with Tovey kicking both conversions, two penalties and a late drop-goal en route to a much-needed triumph.
It was a very disappointing night for a rusty Glasgow side that passed up a chance to go back to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 standings.
The game kicked off in decent - though arctic - conditions, and with 38 seconds on the clock one of the fastest ever sin-binnings occurred, as Dragons centre Pat Leach spear-tackled home flanker Rob Harley and received his temporary marching orders from referee Peter Fitzgibbon.
Glasgow wasted no time in making use of the numerical advantage. Centre DTH Van Der Merwe found a bit of space and the move ended with winger Matawalu touching down, but Henry Pyrgos was unable to convert.
However, before the Dragons had visited the Glasgow 22, they were ahead. Penalties, awarded at a line-out and then a scrum, were driven home by Tovey on seven and 11 minutes.
In the middle of the half Glasgow had possession and territory but failed to provide any fluency. A penalty attempt in the 20th minute by Scott Wight hit a post.
Dragons were looking the more composed side but their try six minutes before the interval came gift-wrapped from Matawalu, who turned from hero to villain.
Having apparently dealt with a kick that ran close to his goal-line, he tried to be too clever, lost possession and the alert Tovey dived through would-be tacklers to touch down, and proceeded to convert to get his team 13-5 up at the break.
A quick response from Glasgow saw them claw back a penalty from Pyrgos five minutes into the second half.
On 53 minutes referee Fitzgibbon produced his second yellow card, this time showing it to left winger Pewtner. Seven minutes later number eight Talei followed him.
However, in between, Dragons had moved further ahead, winger Harries touching down a cross kick by Tovey, who added the extras.
Glasgow threw everything at Dragons in the closing stages but a mixture of their own errors and stalwart defence meant it was the visitors' night.RaboDirect Pro 12. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com