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Friday November 01
KO 7:05 PM
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Rodney Parade,
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MATCH REPORT

Dragons v Leinster Match Report

Leinster came from behind the regional side to win a hard fought encounter at Rodney Parade.

Ross Wardle's try helped Dragons to a 10-6 half-time lead but the game turned after lock Adam Jones was sin-binned.

 
Leinster made the most of their man advantage with Aaron Dundon and Noel Reid claiming converted tries.

The Irish side had Jack O'Connell sin-binned but held on as Dragons could only summon two Jason Tovey penalties. 
 

But despite enjoying territorial advantage and the majority of possession the visitors had only one Jimmy Gopperth penalty to show for it, with the former Newcastle fly-half missing his first kick but being on target with his second.

 
That advantage was squandered as the Dragons - who were missing two internationals themselves - broke out at last and Leinster conceded a penalty, allowing Tom Prydie to bring the home side level with a long-range kick.

 
Leinster continued to create chances but first Gopperth was just wide with a drop-goal before the New Zealander was denied a try.

Reid looked to have sent Gopperth over but the Leinster centre had been dragged into touch by Prydie a split-second before passing.

 
Instead it was the Dragons who claimed the game's first try with a flowing move from halfway.

 
Richie Rees took a quick tap-penalty, catching Leinster unawares, before a long pass released his backs.

Prydie made ground on the right before passing back inside for the supporting Wardle, with Tovey adding the difficult conversion.

 
Gopperth did add a second penalty on the stroke of half-time, but the Dragons still held a 10-6 lead.

 
Tovey and Gopperth exchanged penalties after the restart before Dragons lock Jones was sin-binned for dangerous play at a line-out.

 
That proved a turning point as within a minute Leinster had taken advantage, with hooker Dundon shunted over from close range for a try converted by Gopperth.

 
A second Leinster try followed swiftly as Kirchner broke down the blindside before sending Reid away for a converted try to make it 23-13.

 
Tovey reduced the deficit with a penalty, then added another after Leinster replacement prop O'Connell was shown the yellow card with 10 minutes left for illegally slapping the ball away at a ruck.

Dragons ended the match camped on Leinster's line but could not find the way across it to snatch victory from the defending champions.

Jonathan Evans thought he had scored the try that would have rescued Dragon's unbeaten home record this season.

 
But referee John Lacey called back the replacement scrum-half for taking the quick tap from the wrong place and Dragons had to settle for a losing bonus point.

 
Dragons: Hallam Amos, Tom Prydie, Pat Leach, Ross Wardle, Adam Hughes, Jason Tovey, Richie Rees; Owen Evans, Sam Parry, Dan Way, Adam Jones, Matthew Screech, Jevon Groves, Lewis Evans (c), Netani Talei.

 
Replacements: Dan Evans, Jonathan Evans, Nathan Williams, Hugh Gustafson, Francisco Chaparro, Rob Sidoli, Ieuan Jones, Kris Burton. 
 


Att: 6,174

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland).

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Leinster T C D P
1Michael Bent
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2Aaron Dundon
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3Martin Moore
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4Quinn Roux
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5Tom Denton
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6Dominic Ryan
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7Shane Jennings
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8Rhys Ruddock
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9John Cooney
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10Jimmy Gopperth
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11Lote Tuqiri
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12Noel Reid
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13Luke Fitzgerald
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14Darragh Fanning
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15Zane Kirchner
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REPLACMENTS
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Leinster T C D P
16James Tracy
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17Jack O'Connell
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18Tadhg Furlong
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19Ben Marshall
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20Leo Auva'a
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21Luke McGrath
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22Cathal Marsh
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23Brendan Macken
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