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Match Report

Newport Gwent Dragons began their pre-season preparations with a stunning win of 38-28 over closest rivals Cardiff Blues.

 

The pre-season friendly, saw fans enjoy a beneficiary game that was awarded to current Captain Lewis Evans and former player Ashley Smith for their long service to the Region.

It was newcomer Nick Macleod who opened up the Dragons account when he kicked a successful penalty kick. He then went on to convert four tries in the first 30 minutes, seeing the Dragons take a 31-0 lead.

The first try came from Rynard Landman who crossed the line in superb fashion. Not long after it was hooker Elliot Dee who went over from a driving line-out.

The third try saw Adam Hughes intercept a pass and sprint to the whitewash whilst the fourth was claimed by flanker Nic Cudd after some pressure from the home side.

Before the first half was over the Cardiff Blues made it over for their first try of the night, which was scored by scrum-half Lewis Jones with Jarrod Evans converting.

Half Time – Newport Gwent Dragons 31 – Cardiff Blues 7

It was the Dragons who scored the first try in the second half as Thomas Rhys Thomas scored a close range try, after coming on for an injured Elliot Dee. But it was Carl Meyer who slotted over the conversion to extend the Dragons lead to 38-7.

Cardiff Blues responded to the Dragons as replacement Steve Shingler crossed in the corner and converted his own try. The opposition weren’t finished there as Josh Navidi spotted a gap in the Dragons defence and went over for their third try of the evening, Shingler once again converting the try.

As the game opened up in the final 15minutes of the game it was Cardiff Blues fullback Dan Fish who had the last word, as he collected the ball from a kick from Shingler to dive over, with Shingler once again converting.

Full Time – Newport Gwent Dragons 38 – Cardiff Blues 28 

T C D P Dragons V Blues T C D P
Substituted Thomas Davies 1 Bradley Thyer
1 Substituted Elliot Dee 2 Matthew Rees (C)
Substituted Brok Harris 3 Salesi Ma'afu
Substituted Nick Crosswell 4 Jarrad Hoeata 1
1 Substituted Rynard Landman 5 James Down
Substituted James Thomas 6 Macauley Cook
1 Substituted Nic Cudd 7 Josh Navidi Substituted 1
(C) Lewis Evans 8 James Sheekey
Substituted Sarel Pretorius 9 Lewis Jones 1
4 1 Nick MacLeod 10 Jarrod Evans
Pat Howard 11 Aled Summerhill
Substituted Jack Dixon 12 Garyn Smith
Adam Warren 13 Harri Millard Substituted
1 Adam Hughes 14 Blaine Scully
1 Substituted Carl Meyer 15 Dan Fish 1
T C D P Replacements T C D P
1 Substitution Thomas Rhys Thomas 16 Ethan Lewis
Substitution Sam Hobbs 17 Corey Domachowski
Substitution Craig Mitchell 18 Scott Andrews
Substitution Cory Hill 19 Seb Davies Substitution
Substitution Oliver Griffiths 20 Cam Dolan
Substitution Ed Jackson 21 Tomos Williams
Substitution Charlie Davies 22 Steven Shingler 1 3
Substitution Angus O'Brien 23 Cory Allen Substitution
Substitution Matthew Screech 24 Teri Gee
Substitution Geraint Rhys Jones 25 Shane Lewis-Hughes
Substitution George Gasson 26 Rhun Williams
Substitution Aled Brew 27

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Blues

 
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