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Newport Gwent D'gons

  • Evans, Amos (2),
    Penalty goals: Tovey (3),
    Conversions: Tovey (3),
30 - 7

Zebre

  • Sarto,
    Conversions: Orquera,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 4th Oct 2013
  • KO 19:15
  • Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
  • Att: 5,554

RaboDirect Pro12: Newport Gwent Dragons too strong for Zebre

Last updated: 4th October 2013  

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Newport Gwent Dragons returned to winning ways on Friday night following a 30-7 victory over Zebre in RaboDirect Pro12 action.

The Dragons moved 9-0 in front courtesy of three penalties from Jason Tovey and they made it a 16-point advantage before the break, thanks to Hallam Amos' try.

Amos' second of the game nine minutes after the restart assured the destination of the points, however the Italians did cross the tryline themselves through Leonardo Sarto.

The home side scored the final points of the game with Richie Rees going over just after the hour mark, Tovey's conversion was the third of the contest.

After a hectic start the visitors should have opened the scoring only for fly-half Luciano Orquera to strike the left upright with a simple penalty.

Instead that honour went to Tovey when the Dragons number 10 slotted over a three-pointer after 13 minutes and he doubled the lead when he repeated the trick five minutes later.

It looked like the hosts would go into the break 9-0 up courtesy of another Tovey penalty but on the stroke of half-time the Dragons scored their first try of the match.

Opening try

Former New Zealand international Brendon Leonard was disposed at the base of a scrum 10 metres from the Zebre line and the Dragons pounced, Fijian back row forward Netani Talei putting teenage wing Amos over in the corner.

Tovey added to the Italians' pain when he superbly converted from the left touchline for a 16-0 lead at the break.

And the hosts secured the win eight minutes after the restart when Lions star Toby Faletau - impressive throughout - set up Amos for a second after a powerful charge from a scrum on halfway.

Tovey made it five kicks from five to stretch the lead to 23-0 but the Italians finally got on the scoresheet when wing Sarto gathered a kick to dot down in the right corner, Orquera adding the conversion.

But the Dragons regained their composure immediately and, with Zebre flanker Mauro Bergamasco in the sin bin, scrum-half Rees pounced after a dominant home scrum with Tovey again converting.

The hosts then piled on the pressure in the closing stages in a bid to secure their first four-try bonus point win since beating Zebre in the first game of last season.

But to the Italians' credit they stood firm despite the game being out of their reach, flinging their bodies on the line to prevent the Dragons from putting the cherry on top.

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