Planet Rugby

Dragons thump Edinburgh

18th April 2010 19:02

Share:

Will Harries

Trio Hero: Will Harries scored three of the Dragons' seven tries

Dragons flyer Will Harries scored a hat-trick of tries as the Welsh region clocked up an emphatic 49-28 win over Edinburgh at Rodney Parade on Sunday.

The Welshmen crossed the whitewash seven times to dent Edinburgh's Magners League play-off hopes and keep their own slight chances of the title alive.

Edinburgh made their way down from Scotland on Saturday by road due to the volcanic ash situation that has shut airports across Europe.

And, despite the long journey, the fifth-placed Scotsmen were keen to get the win for their play-off chances.

The seventh-placed Dragons can still make the play-offs themselves after this triumph but have been buoyed by the Cardiff Blues win over the Scarlets on Saturday that ensured them Heineken Cup rugby next season.

And none of the international trio could have disappointed with the match as the Dragons went into the break 20-14 ahead.

The lead changed hands four times by then after home scrum-half Wayne Evans' burst into the corner had secured the first try of the game.

That lead did not last long as, almost straight from the re-start, Edinburgh's Scotland international outside-half Phil Godman picked up on a loose ball and fed flanker Alan MacDonald to go over under the posts.

Godman's conversion put Edinburgh 7-5 ahead but a blast through the middle from 25 metres out by centre Ashley Smith restored the Dragons' lead.

Evans converted as regular kicker Jason Tovey was being treated for an injury. And the big blow for the Welshmen was that Tovey, who was probably one player that Gatland had been watching, came off.

MacDonald was superbly tackled in the corner and Godman nearly scored from the ruck but was brilliantly wrapped up as he went over the line by flanker Gavin Thomas.

It did not help the Dragons cause either that loose-head prop Hugh Gustafson was sin-binned for dropping the scrum on his own line which, moments later, led to referee James Jones awarding a penalty try that gave Edinburgh a 14-12 lead.

Tovey's replacement, James Arlidge, restored the home advantage with a penalty and Harries increased it with a good try right on half-time.

And it just got even better for the Dragons in the next 40 minutes as Edinburgh missed tackles and created little in the way of attack.

Arlidge added another penalty after the break and Harries the other two tries before the hour to complete his hat-trick.

Edinburgh were now 21 points behind and could hardly expect to overcome their opponents.

But, with some renewed vigour in the final quarter, they gave themselves a slender hope as centre Ben Cairns went under the posts, with Godman's conversion meaning they could draw with two more converted tries.

However, any revival was killed off completely when wing Richard Fussell grabbed a sixth touchdown and full-back Martyn Thomas scored a spectacular 60-metre effort.

To their credit, Edinburgh fought to get something out of the match and managed it when hooker Ross Ford came out of a pile of bodies with the ball and they secured their try bonus point.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Evans, Smith, Harries 3, Fussell, Thomas
Cons: Evans, Arlidge 3
Pens: Arlidge 2

For Edinburgh:
Tries: MacDonald, penalty, Cairns, Ford
Cons: Godman 4

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Will Harries, 13 Matthew Watkins, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Richards Fussell, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Toby Faletau 7 Gavin Thomas, 6 Joe Bearman, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Rob Sidoli, 3 Pat Palmer, 2 Tom Willis (c), 1 Hugh Gustafson. Replacements: 16 Lloyd Burns, 17 Ben Castle, 18 Hoani MacDoanld, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Tom Riley, 21 James Arlidge, 22 Alex Walker

Edinburgh: 15 Jim Thompson, 14 Mark Robertson, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 John Houston, 11 Tim Visser10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair (captain), 8 David Callam, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Alan MacDonald, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements (from): 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 Fraser McKenzie, 19 Roddy Grant, 20 Greig Laidlaw, 21 David Blair, 22 Simon Webster.

Referee: David Jones (Wales)

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
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
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Montpellier18:00
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
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
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia 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
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys 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