Dragons 21 - 16 Connacht

Another uplifting performance at Rodney Parade this season, where the team have generally performed well this season, and it is hoped this victory, coupled with the great performance against Brive, can provide such much need momentum and confidence for the team. 

Dogged, determined and physical, the team defended manfully throughout, and demonstrated a high level of intensity up front, and no shortage of ambition behind the scrum.  Injury to Nick Macleod had given Angus O'Brien the opportunity to start at 10 again, and a mature, composed and brave performance from the fly-half saw the team home, to build on 2 great tries from Ashton Hewitt. 

The pack really fought tooth and nail, with the scrum looking especially strong throughout the game.  This solidity (a tribute to both players and Ceri Jones alike) made a big impression on Supporters, and coupled with the hugely dedicated performance from the 2nd and back rows around the breakdown, set the platform for the victory. 

A try in each half for Ashton, firstly from turnover ball, and great hands across the line, and the second from another deft grabber kick from Sam Beard (repeating his trick from Brive game). 

A sign of not only what the Dragons coaching staff are trying to implement this season, and what the players are capable of, hopefully the guys can kick on, and build on this in the next home fixture to the Scarlets, who we ran close at PYS a few weeks ago.