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Dragons 25-27 Scarlets

Dragons (25) 25
Tries: Fussell, Willis, L Evans Cons: Arlidge 2 Pens: Arlidge 2

Scarlets (6) 27
Tries: Roberts, Brew Con: Jones Pens: Jones 5

Martin Roberts started the Scarlets fightback
Martin Roberts started the Scarlets second half fightback

Llanelli Scarlets produced a stunning second-half fightback to snatch the win over the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

They seemed out of the game at half-time after tries by Richard Fussell, Tom Willis and Lewis Evans helped put the Dragons 25-6 in front.

But the boot of Stephen Jones proved key for the Scarlets with Martin Roberts and Nathan Brew grabbing the crucial tries.

Jones got the decisive penalty kick as the Dragons failed to score a point.

The Dragons dominated the opening period keeping the Scarlets camped inside their own half.

And they found themselves 6-0 up inside 10 minutes when the visitors were twice penalised at the breakdown.

James Arlidge made no mistake from his two kicks and the Dragons extended their lead soon after.

Rory Sidey raced towards the line and did well to offload to Fussell on the overlap for an unconverted try.

Jones did pull three points back for the Scarlets moments later as they tried to get themselves back into the game but they were punished at their own line-out on the half-hour.

The throw was delivered long and in a scramble Sililo Martens could only ground the ball short of the line and captain Willis capitalised.

Arlidge converted to make it 18-3 before Jones scored a second Scarlets penalty.

But the Dragons continued to dominate and got their third try just before the break when Lewis Evans drove over for a converted try.

Within five minutes of the restart, the Scarlets clawed back six points from Jones' boot as they went on the attack.

The Dragons were reduced to 14 men when wing Tal Selley was yellow-carded and they paid the price by conceding a try.

Replacement scrum-half Roberts went over in the corner for an unconverted score, his first in a red shirt.

And the visitors reduced the deficit to 25-24 on the hour thanks to a counter-attack from Morgan Stoddart who set up Brew to go over for maximum points.

Brew had the chance to give the Scarlets the lead for the first time with 11 minutes to go but he could not hold on the ball when he was clear.

And Jones was guilty of missing a glorious chance moments later sending his drop kick wide.

But with three minutes remaining, Jones put them in front when half-back Robert Lewis gave away a penalty in front of the posts.


Dragons coach Paul Turner:
"I said at half time 25 points wasn't going to be enough.

"We got in enough positions even when they were back in the game but we just went off the boil.

"It was a win that we let run away from us."

Scarlets match-winner Stephen Jones:
"The Dragons put us under a lot of pressure and we were lucky to come away with the win in the end.

"They were outplaying us in the contact area and we were very inefficient there.

"We didn't get the go-forward ball because of that, but they defended particularly well, put us under pressure and deserve a lot of credit."


Dragons: Dolman, Selley, Sidey, Stcherbina, Fussell, Arlidge, W. Evans, Black, Willis, R. Thomas, A. Jones, Charteris, Bearman, Parks, L. Evans.
Replacements: Connor for Dolman (32), Lewis for W. Evans (69), Gustafson for Black (59), Harrison for R. Thomas (74), Webb for A. Jones (71), Ringer for L. Evans (41).
Not Used: Wyatt.

Llanelli Scarlets: Stoddart, Daniel, Higgitt, G. Evans, James, S. Jones, Martens, I. Thomas, Rees, Meeuws, Reed, Cooper, D. Jones, G. Thomas, Lyons.
Replacements: Brew for Daniel (51), Roberts for Martens (52), Manu for Meeuws (68), MacLeod for Reed (52), Easterby for D. Jones (53).
Not Used: Owen, C. Thomas.

Att: 5,057

Ref: J Jones (RFU).



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