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Magners League: Ospreys 16-21 Dragons

Ospreys (3) 16
Tries: Owen Cons: Flanagan Pens: Flanagan 2, Owen
Dragons (8) 21
Tries: Faletau, Evans Cons: Tovey Pens: Tovey 3


Toby Faletau goes over for the Dragons' first try of the night
Toby Faletau goes over for the Dragons' first try of the night

Tries from Toby Faletau and Wayne Evans helped the Dragons to a shock win over Magners League champions Ospreys.

Faletau opened the scoring after seeing off a number of challenges before racing into the corner.

The Ospreys responded at the start of the second half when Richard Fussell made a break on the outside and found Owen to race in under the posts.

But the Dragons kept battling and good build-up work let Evans in to secure a first win at the Liberty Stadium.

It is only the Dragons' third win of the season and lifts them to eighth in the Magners League, three points behind the Ospreys whose indifferent start continues.

The Dragons though showed intent from the off and claimed the first points through Jason Tovey's straightforward penalty.

Falatau then tested the Ospreys' defence charging towards the line before being forced into touch on the left-hand side.

But it failed to spark the game into life as both sides were guilty of making needless errors, while the Dragons lost Andrew Coombs who was clutching his ribs as he left the field.

The Ospreys were on level terms on 32 minutes thanks to debutant Dai Flanagan's penalty from 10m inside the Dragons' half.

But within a minute of Flanagan's kick, the match got the try it desperately needed through Faletau.

The Wales under-20 star number eight collected the ball centrally on 22m and fought of a number of challenges before going over in the corner.

And with it, he sent a message to Wales coach Warren Gatland who is short of options in the back row.

Tovey sent his conversion against the upright to make it 8-3, before Flanagan sent a second penalty wide at the other end.

After such a disappointing first half, the Ospreys came charging out of the blocks, and it was Richard Fussell who make a break on the outside and offloaded to Owen to race in under the posts.

Flanagan converted, but the Ospreys' lead lasted just a minute as Tovey kicked another three points after winning a penalty at the breakdown.

The Ospreys continued to press and Sonny Parker was carried into touch near the Dragons try line, while Flanagan drifted another penalty wide.

He did succeed soon after when Gavin Thomas was penalised for coming in from the side to give the Ospreys the lead.

The Dragons needed to come out and attack and they did just that when they unleashed the backs.

Tom Riley sparked the move which eventually let in scrum-half Evans to claim the visitors' second try of the night, which Tovey converted and they held on for the victory.


Ospreys: Owen, N. Walker, Parker, Beck, Fussell, Flanagan, Nutbrown, Bevington, M. Davies, Mitchell, Lloyd, Evans, Smith, Holah, Collins.
Replacements: Isaacs for Owen (75), B. Davies for Flanagan (66), D. Jones for Bevington (40), Hibbard for M. Davies (54), Griffiths for Mitchell (67), McInerney for Lloyd (66), Tipuric for Smith (71).
Not Used: Webb.

Newport-Gwent Dragons: Leach, Hughes, Riley, Smith, N. Brew, Tovey, W. Evans, Price, S. Jones, Hall, Charteris, Sidoli, Coombs, G. Thomas, Falatau.
Replacements: M. Jones for N. Brew (48), Willis for S. Jones (53), Morgan for Sidoli (56), Sowden-Taylor for Coombs (31), Gustafson for G. Thomas (73).
Not Used: Palmer, Connor, Leadbeater.

Att: 8,123

Ref: Dave Pearson (RFU).



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