Dragons fire early blast to claim pre-season victory at Rodney Parade

Dragons fire early blast to claim pre-season victory at Rodney Parade

A strong first-half Dragons display proved enough to secure the spoils and the Worthington Challenge Trophy at Rodney Parade. In their second pre-season outing of the campaign, Scarlets found themselves on the back foot early and despite enjoying plenty of possession and territory, trailed 22-0 at half-time. An improved second-half showing saw Dan Jones, Corey Baldwin and Tomi Lewis cross for tries, but the Men of Gwent ran out deserved winners.


VS


Dragons
Scarlets

34 - 17

Dragons
Scarlets

34 - 17
HT: 0-0S

14 Sep 2019
16:0
Rodney Parade

Club Friendlies
Ref: Adam Jones

A strong first-half Dragons display proved enough to secure the spoils and the Worthington Challenge Trophy at Rodney Parade.

In their second pre-season outing of the campaign, Scarlets found themselves on the back foot early and despite enjoying plenty of possession and territory, trailed 22-0 at half-time.

An improved second-half showing saw Dan Jones, Corey Baldwin and Tomi Lewis cross for tries, but the Men of Gwent ran out deserved winners.

The Scarlets, bolstered by the return of Wales internationals Rob Evans, Samson Lee and Steff Evans would have been disappointed with the amount of errors they made in a disjointed opening period.

With their scrum on top, they enjoyed plenty of ball and time in home territory, but the Dragons defence proved stubborn.

The home side were up and running after just four minutes thanks a fine solo try from wing Ashton Hewitt in his first appearance for 16 months.

New signing Sam Davies hit the upright with the conversion attempt, but landed a penalty shortly after to extend the lead.

Winning a string of penalties, the Scarlets had a number of catch-and-drive attempts to get over the Dragons line, but were repelled time and time again.

Then, the home crowd of 2,657 were brought to their feet by an opportunist score from wing Owen Jenkins, who took advantage of a rare error by Johnny McNicholl to hack through and score.

Davies converted, but missed a penalty with the last kick of the half as the Dragons went in at the break 15-0 ahead.

The Scarlets made four changes at half-time with Ed Kennedy, Dan Jones, Paul Asquith and Tom James coming on.

But the momentum remained with the Dragons, who struck for their third try four minutes after the restart.

A flat pass found Adam Warren free out wide, he fed another former Scarlet Rhodri Williams, who put Sam Davies over for his first try for his new club.

A period of Scarlets pressure saw Steff Evans skip pass a defender before putting Dan Jones over in the corner, but the Dragons hit back immediately with their fourth try courtesy of replacement Will Talbot-Davies.

A bust from Ryan Conbeer led to the Scarlets backline putting Baldwin over wide out, then, in the closing minutes, Tomi Lewis picked up and raced 75 metres unopposed for his second try of the day (he had raced over in the A-team match earlier).

However, after Phil Price was shown yellow in the closing stages, the Dragons had the final word with Jenkins going over for his second following a break from Jordan Williams.

Attention now turns to the Guinness PRO14 opener against Connacht at Parc y Scarlets on September 28.

 

Dragons - tries: A. Hewitt, O. Jenkins (2), S. Davies, W. Talbot-Davies. Cons: S. Davies (3). Pen: Davies.

Scarlets - tries: D. Jones, C. Baldwin, T. Lewis, Con: D. Jones.


Dragons
No NameShort T C D P
Scarlets
No NameShort T C D P
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0 0
2 Marc Jones 0 0 0 0
3 Samson Lee 0 0 0 0
4 Lewis Rawlins 0 0 0 0
5 Steven Cummins 0 0 0 0
6 Tom Phillips 0 0 0 0
7 Josh Macleod 0 0 0 0
8 Uzair Cassiem 0 0 0 0
9 Kieran Hardy 0 0 0 0
10 Angus O'Brien 0 1 0 0
11 Steffan Evans 0 0 0 0
12 Steffan Hughes 0 0 0 0
13 Corey Baldwin 1 0 0 0
14 Ryan Conbeer 0 0 0 0
15 Johnny McNicholl 0 0 0 0
16 Dom Booth 0 0 0 0
17 Phil Price 0 0 0 0
18 Werner Kruger 0 0 0 0
19 Josh Helps 0 0 0 0
20 Ed Kennedy 0 0 0 0
21 Dan Davis 0 0 0 0
22 Dane Blacker 0 0 0 0
23 Dan Jones 1 0 0 0
24 Paul Asquith 0 0 0 0
25 Tom James 1 0 0 0

Scorecard
Dragons
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Scarlets
Try
Dan Jones
54 min
Try
Corey Baldwin
68 min
Con
Angus O'Brien
69 min
Try
Tom James
79 min