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RaboDirect PRO12 match report - Connacht defeat Dragons at Sportsground
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Connacht heaped more misery on lowly Newport-Gwent Dragons with a comfortable 30-11 victory over their Welsh counterparts on Saturday evening.
George Naoupu and Danie Poolman touched down after a penalty try and Dan Parks added 15 points with the boot to see Connacht pick up just their fourth RaboDirect PRO12 victory of the season.
Tom Prydie replied with two penalties and Jonathan Evans ran in a late consolation for Dragons, who folded meekly to their fourth successive league defeat and remain second from bottom in the table as a result.
The hosts failed to score a point in their 17-0 defeat to inter-country rivals Leinster last week, but were 6-0 ahead inside eight minutes courtesy of two Parks penalties.
Connacht dominated the forward exchanges and a penalty try midway through the opening half was just reward for the home side's efforts with a second touchdown coming soon after.
Initiated by Dave McSharry, the centre broke through before he fed Naoupu who scampered over. Although Prydie briefly reduced the arrears with two penalties either side of the interval, Connacht went over for their third try in the second period.
Once again McSharry was involved when his pass found Poolman and the winger ran in for his third of the season.
Parks added a drop-goal as the score moved to an insurmountable 30-6 advantage in favour of the hosts with 20 minutes to go.
Dragons replacement Evans went over for Newport late on, but it only slightly eased the pain of yet another defeat.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Dragons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 11th January|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 17th January|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 24th January|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Stade Francais|
|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|Saturday 28th February|
|TBC||Zebre vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 7th March|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ulster|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 12th December|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Dragons 69 - 17 Bucuresti|
|Saturday 6th December|
|Bucuresti 10 - 37 Dragons|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Friday 21st November|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Friday 14th November|
|Ospreys 35 - 51 Dragons|
|Friday 7th November|
|Harlequins 31 - 21 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
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