Newport Gwent Dragons 16 - 20 Munster

An emotional Rodney Parade provided a great atmosphere for an engaging, tight game, where Munster edged out the hosts due to their greater composure, experience of wining tight games, and a small amount of fortune.

The game itself was noticeable for the Dragons increase in tempo, aggression and physicality from last week's victory over Zebre.  Some very brave defence, and great work recovering from some early issues in the Scrum meant the Dragons kept themselves in touching distance throughout.

 Sam Hobbs, Rhys Buckly and Brok Harris warming up. 

Sam Hobbs, Rhys Buckly and Brok Harris warming up. 

The Dragons 1st half try from Hal Amos came from some great midfield pressure from Tyler Morgan, and a great read from Hal, to intercept a stray pass and outrun the defence to score. 

 Hal Amos Breakaway Try

Hal Amos Breakaway Try

The second half continued with a high level of intensity, with both sides displaying physicality in both attack and defence.  The 2nd half Munster try came in slightly fortuitous circumstances, where some great effort from Hal Amos in defence resulted in the ball being stripped from the Munster player in the act of scoring, only for the ball to fall directly to a Munster hand for the Try.

The Dragons remained in the Game through sheer guts and intensity, until the very last play of the game, where they decided to go for a 13 man line out drive.  A huge drive ensued toward the Munster line, but the late peel from the base resulted in the ball being spilt and the final whistle being blown.

The team had a great reception from the Hazel Terrace at the end of the game, with the supporters clearly appreciating the effort and commitment demonstrated by their team throughout..  Onwards to Treviso away.. 

 

 37th Min Mike Lockey Tribute: The game was also noticeable for a heartfelt and moving tribute to Mr Mike Lockey, who passed away this week at the age of 37.  A passionate Dragons Supporter, his fellow Supporters held a minute's applause in memory of Mike, which was a touching tribute to him from the Region and the fans..  Rest in peace to a true Man of Gwent.. 

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