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Saturday October 05
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MATCH REPORT

REPORT | Celtic Cup Ends With Win

Dragons ended their Celtic Cup campaign with a bonus point victory against their Welsh regional rivals Ospreys at the Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach.

The Men of Gwent gave starts to James Sheekey, Arwel Robson and Jack Cosgrove, but there were stand out contributions across the backline notably by Dai Richards and Daf Buckland, whilst Luke Yendle put in a number of impressive hits and Ben Fry was always a willing ball carrier.

With the competition final already confirmed as Leinster against Ulster, the final group game would have no impact but victory lifted Dragons back up above Munster in the final standings, into fifth spot, behind Scarlets and above Ospreys and Cardiff Blues.

A wet afternoon in the Caerphilly borough, was brightened by both team’s interest to play an expansive game which has typified the competition.

Both sides scored four tries, with two apiece in each half. The opening forty was a see-saw affair, as first Dragons scored through full back Dai Richards, before Ospreys claimed two tries through their powerful centre Kieran Williams and livewire nine Reuben Morgan-Williams.

After falling behind, Dragons rallied and a fine individual finish by wing James McCarthy gave pivot Arwel Robson the chance to put the Dragons back in front by one-point before half time following an earlier penalty.

In the second half Dragons exerted their authority to extend their slender half time lead to fourteen points, through the boot of Arwel Robson, who slotted a further two penalties, as well as a conversion following a second score for wing James McCarthy.

The Ospreys never gave up and in the last quarter they again hit back with two tries of their own to pick up a bonus point, either side of a Carwyn Penny penalty as he took over the kicking duties, replacing Robson for the final 15 minutes.

Dragons rang the changes in the second half with all the replacements joining the fray and it was the home team that had the final word, with substitute wing Rio Dyer crossing in the corner in what was the final change to the scoreboard as the Dragons ended winners, 36-24.

Dragons XV T C D P
1Jack Cosgrove
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4James Sheekey
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5Ben Carter
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6Benjamin Fry
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7Ben Roach
-- -- -- --
8Garin Price
-- -- -- --
-- -- -- --
10Arwel Robson
-- 2 3 --
11James McCarthy
2 -- -- --
-- -- -- --
-- -- -- --
-- -- -- --
1 -- -- --
Ospreys Dev T C D P
1Rhys Davies
-- -- -- --
2Ifan Phillips
-- -- -- --
3Jordan Pritchard
-- -- -- --
4Rhys Thomas
-- -- -- --
5Shay Smallman
-- -- -- --
6Travis Huntley
-- -- -- --
7Joe Grabham
-- -- -- --
8Iwan Shenton
-- -- -- --
9Reuben Morgan-Williams
-- -- -- --
10Josh Thomas
-- 2 -- --
11Dewi Cross
1 -- -- --
12Keiran Williams
3 -- -- --
13Callum Carson
-- -- -- --
14George Gasson
-- -- -- --
15Caine Woolerton
-- -- -- --
REPLACMENTS
Dragons XV T C D P
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18Christian Coleman
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21Daniel Babos
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-- -- 1 --
23Ollie Lewis
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1 -- -- --
25Morgan Richards
-- -- -- --
Ospreys Dev T C D P
16Dewi Lake
-- -- -- --
17Jordan Walters
-- -- -- --
18Ben Warren
-- -- -- --
19James Fender
-- -- -- --
20Cai Davies
-- -- -- --
21Harri Morgan
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22Cameron Lewis
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23Phil Jones
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