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Flashback: Dragons win at Arms Park

06/05/2021

Dragons face Cardiff Blues on Sunday at the Arms Park in the second of three derby matches to kickstart the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup competition - ahead of the game we turn back the clock for a #ThrowbackThursday and look back at our most recent victory over the Blues in 2014…

Cardiff Blues 17-23 Dragons - December 26th, 2014

Gutsy Dragons battled to a dramatic festive derby win over the Cardiff Blues in dreadful conditions at Cardiff Arms Park.

The visitors combined better organisation with controlled efficiency to punish their disjointed opponents. Dragons hooker Elliott Dee touched down from a line-out drive and the Dragons pack also forced a penalty try.

Blues fought back from 20-3 down with tries from Jarrad Hoeata and Tavis Knoyle, but they were unable to overhaul Lyn Jones' side.

Dragons coach Lyn Jones' confidence ahead of kick-off had been questionable considering his side had only won two matches in their ten Pro12 matches before their clash at Cardiff Arms Park.

 

In the opening hour, the Blues were disjointed and disorganised with the Dragons, in contrast, controlled and efficienct.

Fly-half Jason Tovey's tactical kicking and his team-mates' solid chasing and all-round defensive effort made life uncomfortable for Mark Hammett's men.

Full-back Prydie kicked the Dragons' opening penalty and Dee, in as a late starter after hooker Rhys Thomas pulled up ahead of kick-off, touched down at the back of a driving line-out for the first try. Prydie converted and added a penalty soon after, to which Davies replied to bring a close to the opening period.

With no sign of a change in their fortunes emanating from those on the field, Mark Hammett sent on fresh legs with the greatest significance at half-back. Gareth Anscombe and Tavis Knoyle took over from Gareth Davies and Lewis Jones.

But before Anscombe and Knoyle could direct the home side's fightback, the visiting pack's power forced a penalty try as the Blues illegally dragged down a driving maul for Prydie to convert.

Momentum swung the home side's way after that, with home lock Hoeata going over as Blues mimicked Dragons' direct approach.

Blues switched tactics from a series of close-range drives to allow Anscombe the chance to break the Dragons' defence.

Knoyle followed up to barge over and Anscombe converted. Prydie kicked what turned out to be the game's final points with a penalty.

A tense ending fed the fiery atmosphere at a packed stadium as replacement Dorian Jones sped away. But he had knocked on in gathering a loose pass and despite the score being ruled out, the Dragons held on.

Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet; Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Gavin Evans, Lucas Amorosino; Gareth Davies, Lewis Jones; Sam Hobbs, Matthew Rees (c), Adam Jones, Jarrad Hoeata, Lou Reed, Josh Turnbull, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Gethin Jenkins, Taufa'ao Filise, Macauley Cook, Manoa Vosawai, Tavis Knoyle, Gareth Anscombe, Adam Thomas

Dragons: Tom Prydie, Matthew Pewtner, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Jonathan Evans; Phil Price, Elliott Dee, Brok Harris, Andrew Coombs, Rynard Landman (c), James Thomas, Nic Cudd, Lewis Evans.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Owen Evans, Dan Way, Cory Hill, Ian Gough, Richie Rees, Dorian Jones, Geraint Rhys Jones.

Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)

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