Planet Rugby

Dragons burn Edinburgh

12th February 2011 16:21

Share:

Jason Tovey dragons lvcup

Ten points: Jason Tovey

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.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Price, Tovey, Evans, Smith, Coombs
Con: Tovey
Pen: Tovey

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Jones, Visser, Cross
Cons: Paterson 2
Pens: Paterson

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)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 1
Barbarians vs AustraliaBarbarians vs Australia Preview
USA vs New ZealandUSA vs New Zealand Preview
More International Match fixtures
LV= Cup
Saturday , November 1
Sale Sharks vs Wasps14:00
Exeter vs Gloucester15:00
Bath vs London Welsh15:00
London Irish vs Leicester15:00
Northampton vs Newcastle16:00
Sunday , November 2
Saracens vs Harlequins13:00
More LV= Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs EdinburghLeinster vs Edinburgh Preview
Glasgow vs Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Ospreys vs ConnachtOspreys vs Connacht Preview
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs Munster17:15
Scarlets vs Zebre18:00
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gons19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 1
Lyon vs Toulouse13:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
La Rochelle vs Montpellier18:30
Brive vs Castres18:30
Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne20:45
Sunday , November 2
Toulon vs Grenoble13:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Castres 16 - 21 LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Report
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Report
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Wasps 16 - 23 HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Report
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615