Despite an early lead for the Newport Gwent Dragons and a close scoring match, the Welsh derby saw the visitors Cardiff Blues take the spoils in the final match of the Guinness PRO12 2016/17 season.
The Men of Gwent failed to steal the win in the dying minutes in front of a sell-out crowd (5,167) at the Constructaquote Stadium, Caerphilly.
It was fullback Carl Meyer who flew over for the first try of the evening thanks to some great teamwork, and a lovely cross kick from Angus O’Brien, to secure the try in the corner. The tricky conversion was missed by O’Brien but he soon added a penalty kick to see the Dragons lead 8-0 after 8 minutes.
Following the penalty kick, both teams attempted to gain ground and it was the visitors who managed to chalk the next try on the scoreboard. Fullback Matthew Morgan was the try scorer with fly-half Gareth Anscombe adding the conversion. With a one-point
However, the Dragons were unable to retain their early lead as Willis Halaholo crossed for Cardiff Blues and Anscombe added the extras.
Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 11 – Cardiff Blues 14
It was the visitors who struck first, ten minutes into the second half as fly-half Anscombe kicked a penalty kick, and with Thomas Rhys Thomas seeing red for an infringement another penalty was slotted over by Anscombe to push Cardiff Blues further into the lead 20-11. Despite
The Dragons struck late with a beautifully worked try with Sam Beard dotting down and Angus O’Brien kicking a drop goal conversion to get back for the restart.
Full Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 24 – Cardiff Blues 26
Attendance: 5,167 (Sell-Out)
Referee: Ian Davies
1' Try scored by Carl Meyer (5-0)
8' Penalty kicked by Angus O'Brien (8-0)
16' Try scored by Matthew Morgan (8-5)
17' Conversion kicked by Gareth Anscombe (8-7)
20' Penalty kicked by Angus O'Brien (11-7)
29' Try scored by Willis Halaholo (11-12)
30' Conversion kicked by Gareth Anscombe (11-14)
Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 11 - Cardiff Blues 14
51' Penalty kicked by Gareth Anscombe (11-17)
65' Penalty kicked by Gareth Anscombe (11-20)
67' Penalty kicked by Carl Meyer (14-20)
73' Penalty kicked by Carl Meyer (17-20)
76' Penalty kicked by Gareth Anscombe (17-23)
78' Penalty kicked by Gareth Anscombe (17-26)
79' Try scored by Sam Beard (22-26)
79' Conversion kicked by Angus O'Brien (24-26)
Final Score: Newport Gwent Dragons 24 - Cardiff Blues 26