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18th February 2012 20:29

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Aled Brew Dragons v Scarlets 2011

Try for Dragons: Aled Brew

The Dragons had little trouble in beating Edinburgh 21-10 at Rodney Parade on Saturday to secure their fourth PRO12 triumph of the campaign.

The hosts opened up an 18-3 gap at half-time through tries from Joe Bedford and Aled Brew. Jason Tovey added two penalties and a conversion with Phil Godman responding for the visitors.

Tovey continued his fine form with the boot in the second half with another three-pointer before Grant Gilchrist offered the visitors a glimmer of hope.

It's been a tumultuous domestic campaign for both of these sides. Despite qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, Edinburgh have only won four league games this season.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have gone backwards from last year where they showed significant improvement, and will lose two of their better players at the end of the season in Luke Charteris and Brew.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring through Godman before Gavin Thomas was sin-binned for Dragons.

However, they showed impressive resilience to fight back and Tovey added successive penalties with Thomas off the field.

That seemed to spur the hosts on and, after Sean Cox was sin-binned for the Scottish outfit, Bedford went over before Brew added a second try as the Dragons led 18-3 at the break.

The second half continued to be lively with both sides looking to move the ball, but it wasn't until the 61st minute when Tovey struck his third penalty.

But Edinburgh responded when Gilchrist barrelled across the whitewash, Gregor Hunter converting, but saide from Newport comfortably held on.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Bedford, Brew
Con: Tovey
Pens: Tovey 3

For Edinburgh:
Try: Gilchrist
Con: Hunter
Pen: Godman

Yellow cards: Thomas (Dragons - 11th min); Cox (Edinburgh - 21st min)

Dragons: 15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Andy Tuilagi, 12 Ashley Smith (c), 11 Aled Brew, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Joe Bedford,8 Gavin Thomas, 7 Darren Waters, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Rob Sidoli,4 Jevon Groves, 3 Nathan Buck, 2 Steve Jones, 1 Nathan Williams.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Phil Price, Dan Way, Hugo Ellis, Tom Brown, Jon Evans, Lewis Robling, Will Harries.

Edinburgh: 15 Tom Brown, 14 Sep Visser, 13 Matt Scott, 12 John Houston, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Chris Leck, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Roddy Grant (c), 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Jack Gilding, 2 Alun Walker, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Ulises Gamboa, 19 Esteban Lozada, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Alex Black, 22 Gregor Hunter, 23 Jim Thompson.

Venue: Rodney Parade
Referee: Alan Falzone

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