September 19, 2009
Newport Gwent Dragons 30 - 19 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Rodney Parade on Friday September 18th 2009 | 6 comments
Colin Shaw scored Glasgow's only try The Dragons replace second placed Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League table after a 30-19 win at Rodney Parade.
James Arlidge crossed to give the Dragons an early lead and the hosts added further tries in the first half through James Tovey and Aled Brew.
Glasgow wing Colin Shaw responded with the visitors' only try in the opening period before Dragons captain Ashley Smith claimed the bonus point try after the interval.
Both sides came into the game in top form. Glasgow were unbeaten in their two matches - both at home - while the Dragons scored three tries against Ulster to go top of the table in the first week before going down fighting in Dublin to European champions Leinster last Saturday.
But Glasgow were playing catch-up almost from the start as a wayward midfield pass was picked up by Dragons' New Zealand outside-half Arlidge, who ran from halfway to the posts and made his own conversion simple.
The dynamic Dragons backs were in rampant mood during the opening 20 minutes and added two more blistering tries as they turned on the afterburners.
Centres Tom Riley and skipper Smith combined beautifully to send full-back Tovey flying under the posts for the second try, before Wales wing Brew went roaring in at the corner for the third.
Arlidge booted one of those two conversions and, with the Warriors relying on outside-half Dan Parks for two penalties - one from 55 metres - for their points, it was an uphill struggle for the Scotsmen at 19-6 in arrears.
It was looking like one-way traffic before the Warriors got themselves into the home 22 which allowed wing Shaw to come through the middle, breach the home defence and score at the posts for a simple Parks conversion.
Tovey and Parks swapped penalties before half-time with the game still in the balance at 22-16 and Parks' fourth penalty pulled Glasgow back to just three points behind after the break.
The Dragons' impressive back division came alive again after Tovey took them six points clear with another penalty.
A neat grubber kick to the right corner put the ball over the Glasgow line for Smith to touch down and give the Dragons a four-try bonus point.
The life seemed to go out of the match around the hour mark as Glasgow used up all their seven replacements but the Scottish side could not find a way through the home defence despite some tireless play from the pack.
Glasgow prop Justin Va'a was sin-binned in injury time after a series of collapsed scrums and warnings.
Unforced mistakes frustrated the visitors when in decent positions around the home 22 and, with the teams meeting again in the Heineken Cup next month, the Dragons' victory laid a marker for that contest.
It doesn't look great does it? Sounds like we got a drubbing from a superior side. This was always going to be a tough game for us and when can you rest players these days? Not against Munster certainly but it seems not against Newport either. It just goes to show how much quality there is in the Magners these days as they had plenty of second stringers out there too.
If only we played in the Guiness.... ;)
As it is we clearly aren't as deep as some thought.
Gutted about the result - take the wrath out on the Ospreys this week. Fear a wounded Glasgow! Be afraid, be very afraid!
And at the Glasgow derby last night. Great to see such great support from Glasgow players not down in Wales and supporters of Glasgow, alongside the terrific roll up of the Hawks & West faithful.
Beaut game to be at as it progressed through the 80 minutes - and a good bit of aggro! Good stuff!
This isn't good
Watched the dragons last week and felt worried.
We lack strength in depth - end of story
Fear mid table mediocrity
It was predictable in one sense - expect to win because think we're superior, means: lose emphatically.
A surprise in another sense is that the Dragons won through their back play. They have evidently changed. Well done to them - it looks like they will trouble lots of other teams this year (especially those who, like us, treat them with contempt).
The Warriors obviously need to get back on the horse next week. It will be the opposite story - Ospreys silky boys will think they're better, we will want to give them a bloody nose - but important that we play our own game (and bring back those players we missed on Friday).
One last thing - I would rather get beaten by the Dragons and beat Munster....I'm starting to quite like Newport!
I don't think we treated them with contempt, that's way off. True we rested players but you have to do that and they are one of the weaker sides in the League.
That's not to say they are a weak side. Clearly they have the goods and I don't think ANYONE who watches, plays or trains with the Warriors underestimates the Dragons as they've repeatedly beaten us for years now. Our style of play must be made for them.
I think that is a fair comment. Unfortunately we have to play them another three times, lets hope that was a one off!!
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