The Dragons won their third game on the bounce at home as they continue in their quest to make Rodney Parade a fortress once again.
On a chilly night in Gwent, the Dragons made a sluggish start to the game, gifting the Scarlets territory and possession through silly penalties and forced offloads, allowing their opponents to open up a 6-0 lead through the boot of Dan Jones.
A penalty earned from a driving maul allowed Angus O'Brien to bring it back to 6-3, and, following another Scarlets penalty, the Caerleon RFC product then put Kiwi Sam Beard over for a try, converting it to put the Dragons into a 10-9 lead. The Dragons' failure to clear their lines allowed the Scarlets in for their first try of the evening just before half time, making it 16-10 and summing up a fairly lackluster first 40 for the home side.
The half time break saw DOSC chairman, Brad Hayward, interviewed on the pitch, and our esteemed leader did a great job in promoting supporters club events and away travel plans. The winner of the 50-50 raffle was also drawn (and is yet to be claimed).
The Dragons were given a huge boost in the second half when Scarlet flanker, and former Dragons Academy and Penalta RFC product, Jack Condy, was sent off for punching Nick Crosswell on the floor. This, and some strong carrying from the forward pack, created space which the backline duly exploited. Tries for the impressive Harrison Keddie, Nick Crosswell and Carl Meyer followed while Sam Beard, arguably man of the match, also grabbed a second to round off a convincing win for the region.
Following the match, the DOSC was proud to present the Worthington's Player of the Month award to Rynard Landman, for a series of barnstorming performances throughout the month. We also offered a lifetime supply of Mission Burrito tacos to sweeten ongoing contract negotiations and remain confident that this will swing the balance, and the lock will be a Dragon next season.
October's player of the month will be presented after the Edinburgh game and voting for November's award will open shortly. All members are entitled to vote and you can become a member for free by completing an application form here.
A special thanks to the parents and players of Abercarn RFC and Forgeside RFC, who were present at the game for the guard of honour. We hope you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in the future.
We look forward to our next game at Rodney Parade against Edinburgh next Sunday at 3.30pm. Lets get behind our boys as they try to make it 4 games on the bounce at home!