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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 20:34 GMT 21:34 UK
Bristol 11-7 Dragons
Bristol try-scorer Dan Ward-Smith
Ward-Smith was one of the game's two try scorers

Bristol: (8) 11
Try: Ward-Smith
Pens: Strange (2)

Dragons: (0) 7
Try: A Brew
Con: Sweeney

Ex-Newport outside-half Jason Strange booted the Dragons to Challenge Cup defeat at the Memorial Stadium.

The Welshman kicked a penalty in each half as Guinness Premiership leaders Bristol edged a scrappy, rugged match.

Bristol back-rower Dan Ward-Smith bagged the only try of the first half, but in-form Dragons winger Aled Brew cancelled it out after the break.

Ceri Sweeney's conversion cut the gap to one and - despite Strange's second kick - the Dragons got a bonus point.


  • Bristol head coach Richard Hill:
  • "We were a bit sloppy last weekend, but we still won and it gave me a chance to read the riot act to them.

    "Playing the Dragons was probably our hardest physical challenge this season. So I was pretty pleased.

    "There was a danger a bit of complacency was creeping in but we were much better."


    Bristol: C Morgan; Stanojevic, Higgitt, Cox, Lemi; Strange, Perry; Clarke, Regan, Hobson; Winters, Llewellyn; Budgett, To'oala, Ward-Smith.
    Replacements: O'Riordan for Perry (40), Hilton for Clarke (79), Thompson for Hobson (51), Short for To'oala (44). Not Used: Blaney, Gray, Arscott.

    Dragons: Morgan; N Brew, Emerick, Smith, A Brew; Sweeney, Cooper; Black, Daly, Harrison; Gough, Charteris; Owen, Charvis, Fitisemanu.
    Replacements: Fussell for A Brew (73), Crawford for Daly (49), Corsi for Gough (53), Sidoli for Charteris (50), Hall for Fitisemanu (35).
    Not Used: Walker, Hercus.

    Sin Bin: A. Brew (36).

    Att: 8,130

    Referee: Eric Darriere (France).

    SEE ALSO
    BBC Sport Wales coverage
    18 Sep 06 |  Wales
    European Challenge Cup 2006/7
    16 Aug 06 |  Rugby Union
    European Challenge Cup - round up
    22 Oct 06 |  Rugby Union
    European rugby archive
    09 Oct 02 |  European Club
    Dragons 50-3 Bayonne
    20 Oct 06 |  NG Dragons


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