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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 21:22 GMT
Dragons 17-11 Bristol
Gareth Wyatt's early try put the Dragons on their way to victory over Bristol
Gareth Wyatt scored an eighth-minute try for the Dragons

Dragons: (10) 17
Tries: Wyatt, Emerick
Cons: Sweeney (2)
Pens: Sweeney

Bristol: (6) 11
Try: Robinson
Pen: Hill

Newport Gwent Dragons displaced Bristol as European Challenge Cup Pool One leaders with a hard-fought home win.

A Ceri Sweeney cross-kick created an early try for Gareth Wyatt, with David Hill landing two penalties for Bristol either side of a Sweeney penalty.

Bristol took an 11-10 lead shortly after the break when Lee Robinson scored a carbon copy of Wyatt's try.

But the Dragons hit straight back to secure victory with a Paul Emerick try, Sweeney, again the creator, converting.

Fly-half Sweeney missed a golden opportunity to deny Bristol what could prove to be a precious losing bonus point when he missed a late penalty.

The Dragons' victory takes them level on 20 points with Bristol, but the Welsh side take top spot after scoring one more try than the English league leaders in the two games between the sides.

A bonus-point victory for the Dragons against bottom side Bayonne in France next Friday will take Paul Turner's side into the quarter-finals.

And Bristol should also qualify for the knock-out stage as one of the three best runners-up if they beat Romanian side Bucuresti on Friday.


  • Dragons boss Paul Turner:
    "It was another gutsy performance. It's a pity we couldn't take the bonus point away from them, which means we've got to go to Bayonne next week and get a bonus-point win.

    "But we've beaten the leaders of the Guinness Premiership. We've always said that Bristol on paper are well beatable, but not many sides beat them.

    "We've done that and you can't take that away from this set of boys."

  • Bristol coach Richard Hill:

  • "Both sides almost cancelled each other out with the way they play. There was great spirit and effort from both sides.

    "You could see the Dragons really wanted to win. All credit to them, they showed great spirit and had to defend very strongly at times.

    "They stopped us getting any momentum, very few occasions we made a half break to get in behind them. You have to take your hat off to them."


    Dragons: K Morgan (capt); G Wyatt, P Emerick, A Smith, A Brew; C Sweeney, A Walker (G Baber 65); A Black, K Crawford (R Wilkes 40), L Harrison, I Gough, P Sidoli, A Hall (Owen 61), J Ringer, C Charvis.
    Replacements: R Wilkes, D Maddocks, M Owen, N Fitsemanu, G Baber, M Hercus, A Thomas.

    Bristol: C Morgan; L Robinson, S Cox, J Taumalolo (W Pozzebon 40), D Lemi; D Hill, B O'Riordan; D Hilton, M Regan, D Crompton, R Winters (M Sambucetti 65), G Llewellyn, A To'oala (C Short 78), M Salter (capt), D Ward-Smith.
    Replacements: S Nelson, W Thompson, M Sambucetti, C Short, G Nicholls, J Strange, W Pozzebon.

    Referee: Romain Poite (Fra).

    Att: 6,834.

    SEE ALSO
    BBC Sport Wales coverage
    01 May 06 |  Wales
    European Challenge Cup 2006/7
    16 Aug 06 |  Rugby Union
    Challenge Cup tables
    09 Aug 06 |  Tables
    European rugby archive
    09 Oct 02 |  European Club
    Dragons 19-12 Munster
    05 Jan 07 |  NG Dragons
    Sale 6-10 Bristol
    01 Jan 07 |  English


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