Planet Rugby

Dragons held by Edinburgh

29th February 2008 20:59

Share:

Ben Cairns Scotland sevens

Cairns: Another good performance from the Edinburgh centre

The Dragons were left wondering 'what if' at Rodney Parade as Edinburgh clung on to a 10-10 draw in the Magners League on Friday.

Andy Robinson's men subsequently climb to third in the table and can count themselves lucky to leave Wales all-square.

The Dragons did well to keep their visitors to within three points at half-time as they played against the elements.

Centre Ben Cairns got the first try of the night and it was one which watching Wales wing legend Ieuan Evans - who scored a memorable try against Scotland in Cardiff ten years ago - would have been proud of.

Edinburgh skipper Cairns received the ball near the home ten-metre line and skipped through a gap in midfield.

He then rounded former Wales full-back Kevin Morgan with a dazzling swerve before cutting back inside to go under the posts.

A conversion and penalty from fly-half Phil Godman had the Dragons reeling at 10-0 down.

And the home frustration was compounded when stand-off Ceri Sweeney missed a sitter of a penalty from 22 metres in front of the posts while the pack stupidly infringed at an attacking maul two metres from the Edinburgh line.

But, in fairness to both teams, they tried to play an open game with a greasy ball and did well to keep the error count to a minimum.

The Dragons finally got into the game after the half-hour mark and went over for a try via wing Richard Fussell following intense pressure on the Edinburgh line which allowed centre Ashley Smith to send a neat grubber kick into the danger area.

Replacement fly-half Aled Thomas, who came on when Sweeney suffered a leg-muscle pull, converted and, after a quiet 17 minutes following the break, booted a penalty to level the score.

And the Welsh region put the squeeze on the Scotsmen, holding the territorial advantage between the halfway line and the Edinburgh 22 for most of the final quarter, but they could not make it count.

Edinburgh's preferred tactic was to play the ball tight around the fringes while the Dragons were unable to breach a tight defence.

The Dragons had two chances to win it at the death. Thomas took too much time with a 22 metre drop-goal attempt in front of the opposition posts and had it charged down by replacement lock Craig Hamilton.

And flanker Joe Bearman charged down the wing only for the attack to break down two metres from the Edinburgh try-line as the game ended in a stalemate.

The scorers:

For Dragons:

Tries: Fussell

Con: Thomas

Pen: Thomas

For Edinburgh:

Tries: Cairns

Con: Godman

Pen: Godman

Dragons: 15 Kevin Morgan (c), 14 Martyn Thomas, 13 Rhodri Gomer-Davies, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Richard Fussell, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Andy Williams, 8 Michael Owen, 7 Richard Parks, 6 Joe Bearman, 5 Peter Sidoli, 4 Andrew Hall, 3 Lee Harrison, 2 Ben Daly, 1 Hugh Gustafson.

Replacements: 16 Steve Jones, 17 Gethin Robinson, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Jamie Ringer, 20 Paul Emerick, 21 Aled Thomas, 22 Wayne Evans.

Edinburgh: 15 Calum MacRae, 14 Andrew Turnbull, 13 Ben Cairns (c), 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Roland Reid, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Ben Meyer, 8 David Callam, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Alan MacDonald, 5 Ben Gissing, 4 Matt Mustchin, 3 Craig Smith, 2 Andrew Kelly, 1 Augusto Allori.

Replacements: 16 Steve Lawrie, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Craig Hamilton, 19 Simon Cross, 20 Greig Laidlaw, 21 John Houston, 22 Matt Dey.

Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821