LiveDragons v Glasgow

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Summary

  • The Dragons aim for their first win since beating Mogliano on January 16.
  • They take on a Glasgow side that have won all seven of their Pro12 away games this season.
  • The Dragons will be looking for a drastic improvement on the corresponding fixture in 2012/13 when the Warriors humiliated them 60-3.
  • Lyn Jones' side sit seventh in the table and need to win to keep the heat on the Scarlets.

4:09pm

ALL OVER! A simply superb win for the Dragons, who double title-chasing Glasgow. Report coming shortly.

3:58pm

Rhys Jones' conversion from wide on the left is good! Dragons lead 24-23 with 10 mins left.

3:57pm

Incredible scenes - Glasgow kick charged down and Ross Wardle finishes superbly down the left.

3:55pm

Finn Russell knocks over a penalty to make it 23-17 with 10 left.

3:51pm

Dragons back in it! Terrific snipe by Richie Rees and lock Cory Hill is on hand to finish down the right. Rhys Jones adds the extras - 20-17.

3:43pm

Russell nudges the visitors 20-10 in front with a well struck penalty on 58.

3:38pm

Still 17-10 and pretty even after 54 mins.

3:30pm

Back under way and Will Harries has been floored by a high tackle by Tyrone Holmes and Duncan Bell's return is over after 45 mins.

3:16pm

17-10 at the break.

Positives - Lewis Evans has carried hard, Ashley Smith has organised well and distributed nicely, Richie Rees has been slick, the scrum hasn't been a disaster.

Negatives - two sloppy scores to concede and turnovers in good attacking areas.

Still, the Dragons are still in this.

3:09pm

Russell converts and it's 17-10 to the visitors after 37 mins.

3:07pm

Breakaway try Glasgow. Cudd knocks on in the Glasgow 22 and there's one man in the league who you don't want to get turnover ball - Niko Matawalu. He chips over the defence, gets a slightly lucky bounce and then races away despite a desperate lunge by Pat Leach.

3:01pm

Still level pegging after half an hour and that's probably fair. The Dragons have grown into this after a poor start.

2:53pm

Coombs and Lewis Evans have done well so far for the Dragons but they suffer a blow on 21 minutes with Tovey helped from the field. Dorian Jones, whose older brother Rhys is at full-back, comes on.

2:52pm

Bennett wide with another long-range effort.

2:47pm

Great try Dragons! The ball is spread to the right and Coombs goes on the charge before conjuring a lovely offload to Pewtner, who puts it back inside for prop Owen Evans to finish expertly. Great work by the front rower.

Tovey adds the extras and it's level at 10-10 after 17 mins.

2:41pm

Duncan Bell wins a penalty at his first scrum and Tovey knocks it over. 7-3 to Glasgow after 10.

2:33pm

Nightmare start. Rob Harley charges down Tovey's clearance kick and pounces on the ball over the line. 7-0 after 2 mins.

2:31pm

Followed by Ashley Smith, who leads the Dragons instead of Coombs. Dragons defend the North Terrace, Glasgow fly-half Finn Russell gets us under way.

2:29pm

South African Josh Strauss leads out Pro12 title hopefuls Glasgow. The number eight will literally be a huge figure for the Warriors this afternoon, a quality overseas recruit.

2:27pm

Glasgow won 27-20 on the Cardiff plastic last weekend. It's a tad different this afternoon with the pitch resembling a beach close to the North Terrace.

2:24pm

Last year's meeting between the sides in Newport was possibly the grimmest  night in the Dragons' brief history. Glasow scored eight tries in a 60-3 demolition job.

2:09pm

Twenty minutes until kick-off. I hope that there are plenty of folk in Rodney Hall or it will be a dismal attendance.

1:48pm

First Pro12 start for Rhys Jones at full-back while the sizeable figure of former Bath and England front rower Duncan Bell, brought out of retirement because of a prop crisis, starts at tighthead.

1:47pm

Dragons: R Jones, M Pewtner, P Leach, A Smith (captain), W Harries, J Tovey, R Rees, O Evans, R Thomas, D Bell, A Coombs, C Hill, J Groves, N Cudd, L Evans. Replacements: H Gustafson, P Price, B Douglas, M Screech, I Jones, W Evans, D Jones, R Wardle.


Glasgow: R Jackson, L Jones, R Vernon, M Bennett, B McGuigan, F Russell, N Matawalu, J Yanuyanutawa, D Hall, M Cusack, L Nakarawa, J Gray, R Harley, T Holmes, J Strauss (captain). Replacements: F Brown, G Reid, J Welsh, T Ryder, K Bryce, H Pyrgos, F Niua, R Hughes.

Referee: Matteo Liperini

1:46pm

Teams have been confirmed and Andrew Coombs, fresh from playing for Wales against France on Friday, starts but Ashley Smith captains the Dragons.

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4:30pm Sun 23 Feb 14

keithbob says...

congrats dragons on a great double over title chasing glasgow,6th place is still possible after this win!!stand up for the men of gwent.
congrats dragons on a great double over title chasing glasgow,6th place is still possible after this win!!stand up for the men of gwent. keithbob
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