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Newport Gwent D'gons
|23 - 16||
- Guinness PRO12
- 20th Sep 2013
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
- Att: 6,777
RaboDirect Pro12: Dragons hold out against Scarlets in thrilling Welsh derby
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Newport Gwent Dragons continued their fine start to the RaboDirect Pro12 campaign by securing a 23-16 win in a fiercely contested Welsh derby against the Scarlets at Rodney Parade.
Both sides had their periods of dominance with Dragons prop Phil Price and full-back Dan Evans crossing for the home region while centre Scott Williams led the Scarlets comeback.
Wales international winger Tom Prydie dissected the uprights with two long-range penalties, before fly-half Jason Tovey added both conversions and another three-pointer for the hosts.
Wales outside-half Rhys Priestland kicked three Scarlets penalties and converted Williams' try but, despite an intense periord of pressure in the final throes, the Scarlets were unable to find the converted try necessary to win.
British and Irish Lions stars Toby Faletau and Jonathan Davies lined up against each other as they returned to regional action for the first time on Friday evening.
Former Wales cap Prydie was clinical from the off, firing home a 45-metre penalty to get the Dragons on the scoreboard, before almost scoring in the right corner when he sprinted 35 metres but was found to have put a foot in touch just inches short.
Faletau found fault in the Scarlets defence moments later when Priestland's attempted clearance from inside his own try area was charged down by the Lions back-row but only for the ball to fly dead.
But the Dragons would not be denied and, after heavy pressure inside the visitor's 22, the ball found its way wide on the left where scrum-half Richie Rees found Price to drive over.
Tovey converted but eventually the Scarlets opened their account as Priestland was gifted an easy three points.
Almost directly from the restart of Priestland's penalty, the Dragons had the Scarlets back on the rack as Evans completed a fine team play to score, with Tovey converting.
Priestland added a second Dragons penalty before the Scarlets danced down field and pressurised the home side as centres Davies and Williams combined, with the latter finding his way over the line as the visitors fought back.
The intensity continued after the break with Priestland bringing the Scarlets back to within a point before Tovey's penalty and Prydie's 40 metre strike gave the hosts a seven-point advantage.
A thrilling finale saw the Scarlets have a scrum on the home line which went on past the 80 minute mark before the fourth reset saw the Dragons win possession and fire the ball into touch to secure derby victory.
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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|
|15:00||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|
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