Dragons began life after coach Paul Turner with a 30-22 victory over Magners League rivals Edinburgh in a thrilling clash.
Dragons began life after coach Paul Turner with a 30-22 victory over Magners League rivals Edinburgh in a thrilling clash at Rodney Parade.
Turner was relieved of his duties on 28 January while the Dragons conducted “various investigations”, with a disciplinary hearing expected.
His departure from the Welsh region was rubber-stamped earlier this week and Edinburgh drew first blood when a smart kick by Tim Visser allowed fellow wing Lee Jones to touch down for a try which Chris Paterson converted.
A clever switch of direction by Jason Tovey paved the way for a score by Dragons' prop Phil Price before Paterson kicked Edinburgh into a 10-5 lead with a 22nd minute penalty.
The Dragons roared back to claim three tries in the second quarter, starting when Will Harries put Tovey over.
A powerful forward surge brought a try for Lewis Evans, converted by Tovey and a kick by Harries put Ashley Smith over to make it 22-10 at the interval.
Tovey stretched the Dragons' lead with a penalty after 45 minutes and flanker Andrew Coombs burst away from a maul after a lineout for their fifth try of the match.
Edinburgh hit back with a break by Visser and after several phases close to the home line, it was Visser who fought his way over for a try.
In the dying seconds of the game Geoff Cross forced his way over for the third Edinburgh try which Paterson converted but it was not enough to claim a losing bonus point.
Tries: Price, Tovey, Evans, Smith, Coombs
Tries: Jones, Visser, Cross
Cons: Paterson 2
Dragons:15 Will Harries, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Matthew Watkins, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Lewis Evans, 6 Andrew Coombs, 5 Scott Morgan, 4 Rob Sidoli, 3 Dan Way, 2 Tom Willis, 1 Phil Price.
Replacements: 16 Lloyd Burns, 17 Hugh Gustafson, 18 Patrick Palmer, 19 Adam Brown, 20 Hugo Ellis, 21 Patrick Leach, 22 Mike Petri, 23 Matthew Jones.
Edinburgh:15 Chris Paterson, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 John Houston, 11 Tim Visser, 10 David Blair, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Netani Talei, 7 Alan MacDonald, 6 Scott Newlands, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Craig Hamilton, 3 Geoff Cross 2 Andrew Kelly, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements:16 Alun Walker, 17 Lewis Niven, 18 David Young, 19 Esteban Lozada, 20 Roddy Grant, 21 James King, 22 Simon Webster, 23 Jim Thompson.
Venue: Rodney Parade
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)
Assistant referees: Colin Kirkhouse (Wales), Neil Hennessy (Wales)