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Newport Gwent D'gons
|23 - 14||
- Guinness PRO12
- 8th Feb 2013
- KO 19:30
- Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
- Att: 7,212
RaboDirect PRO12 match report: Dragons too strong for Benetton Treviso
A strong second-half performance from Newport Gwent Dragons helped the Welsh region secure a 23-14 success over Benetton Treviso.
The Italian visitors enjoyed the better of the first half with both Doppies La Grange and Filippo Giusti crossing the try line to move 14-6 in front.
Two tries in the space of 13 second-half minutes from Steffan Jones and Tom Prydie turned the game on its head with another penalty from Prydie making sure of the points.
The hosts were rocked into action early on when Treviso took the lead with a well-worked touchdown that came after pressure in the Dragons' 22.
Ludovico Nitoglia came within a centimetre of scoring and once the ball was recycled it found its way to the left for La Grange to cut back inside and ground the try.
When the chances came the Dragons way, Jones managed just one successful penalty out of three attempts during the period, leaving Prydie to take over and land another penalty before the break.
And it was not a happy match for Jones at that stage as he clashed with Alberto Di Bernardo in an incident that threatened to come to blows.
After Giusti came on for calf injury victim Robert Barbieri, the back rower was on hand to grab Treviso's second touchdown. Once Di Bernardo added the conversion, Treviso looked well on the way to victory.
Jones redeemed himself when he burst through from 25 metres for a run-in under the posts, making Prydie's conversion simple. That reduced the arrears to a single point and the Dragons were boosted again when wing Christian Loamanu was sin-binned on the hour for foul play on lock Ian Nimmo.
Prydie then attempted to claim a try when he had a tiny amount of room to squeeze through and put the ball over the Italians' line. It would have been referred to a video referee had there been one watching. Instead all it got was a scrum.
Then the Italians suffered a horrible blow when Di Bernardo fell to the ground and was stretchered off by medics after a five-minute delay. When the game resumed, the Dragons fired again as Prydie went over for their second try to put the Welshmen into the lead for the first time.
For all their endeavour, Treviso went home without even a losing bonus point when Prydie sent a touchline penalty booming between the posts to leave the Italians nine points short.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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