Brown injured as Dragons are given a mauling

INJURED: Tom Brown

INJURED: Tom Brown

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

CONNACHT 30 DRAGONS 11

ANOTHER miserable away day for Newport Gwent Dragons in the RaboDirect Pro12 was compounded by an ankle injury for back- row forward Tom Brown.

The 29-year-old number eight has been one of the region’s star performers this season and will be expected to play a prominent role in the absence of Toby Faletau during the Six Nations.

Whether he is able to do that will depend on his recovery from an injury to his right ankle that forced him from the field in the closing stages of the Dragons’ 30-11 beating by Connacht on Saturday night.

Brown fell awkwardly at a lineout, and though a scan revealed there is no fracture he will miss Thursday’s Amlin Challenge Cup clash in Bayonne while medical staff assess the full extent of the damage.

It was already going to be an evening to forget at the Sportsground in Galway, but Brown’s blow added to the ailing region’s woe.

The result leaves the Dragons 11th in the Pro12 table, six points back on Connacht with just winless Zebre beneath them.

And the Italian whipping boys, who came agonisingly close to beating the Ospreys in Swansea last Friday when beaten 16-15 by the champions, won’t have given up hope of reeling them in.

They are eight points back and will be eyeing up the clash in Parma on February 24 as a golden chance of recording their first ever win.

That is because the Dragons are yet to taste victory on their Pro12 travels this season and have managed just one point in seven games, a bonus in defeat against Cardiff Blues when they should have won.

“It was a massively disappointing performance in Galway and we didn’t carry on where we left off in the Christmas derbies,” said head coach Darren Edwards.

“In the first 20 minutes we looked like a side playing its third game in 10 days, we lacked intensity and Connacht really came at us hard, pinned us back and built a lead.

“We looked flat and jaded and as coaches we will have to reflect on that quickly and think about what we should have done differently, because we’ve got another quick turnaround with one day of training before we fly out to Bayonne.”

Saturday’s defeat to a Connacht side that had lost their previous four fixtures was a humbling one.

That the Dragons’ only remaining target for the final half-hour was to deny their hosts a four-try bonus point emphasises the severity of the defeat.

The Irish province led 20-3 at the break thanks to a penalty try earned by a strong scrummage, a try by number eight George Naoupu and 10 points from the boot of former Blues fly-half Dan Parks.

Dragons wing Tom Prydie kicked a penalty either side of half-time but Connacht were in total command when South African wing Danie Poolman finished off a counter-attack.

The Dragons did at least cross the whitewash at the death when young scrum-half Jonathan Evans scored his first league try, but the score did little to disguise a drubbing in the west of Ireland.

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9:27am Mon 7 Jan 13

Dai Trying says...

GO and get TOVEY back now. Oh and sort out the fronyt 5 please.
GO and get TOVEY back now. Oh and sort out the fronyt 5 please. Dai Trying
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10:19am Mon 7 Jan 13

let em swing says...

A 50 point drubbing has been on the cards all season, this weekend we get it.
A 50 point drubbing has been on the cards all season, this weekend we get it. let em swing
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5:14pm Mon 7 Jan 13

portforever says...

appelyard said he wanted more of the same and he got it alright,,,
appelyard said he wanted more of the same and he got it alright,,, portforever
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8:59pm Mon 7 Jan 13

SWBorderer says...

I do think that to describe Tom as a star performer is a bit over the top, slightly better than the rest of the dross would surely be closer to the mark
I do think that to describe Tom as a star performer is a bit over the top, slightly better than the rest of the dross would surely be closer to the mark SWBorderer
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9:09am Tue 8 Jan 13

crosskeysgirl18 says...

Think its about time DE started considering his future with the Dragons!
Think its about time DE started considering his future with the Dragons! crosskeysgirl18
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5:05am Wed 9 Jan 13

East Newport Dave says...

let em swing wrote:
A 50 point drubbing has been on the cards all season, this weekend we get it.
I think this is on the cards sooner rather than later. For me it speaks volumes that we beat Bayonne home and away a few seasons back. If it is dry and the ground is firm we can look out! I am fearful that before the season is out we will face the ignominy of a 50 pointer at home and possibly much worse at somewhere like Ulster - all doing long term damage to the Dragons as a business.
[quote][p][bold]let em swing[/bold] wrote: A 50 point drubbing has been on the cards all season, this weekend we get it.[/p][/quote]I think this is on the cards sooner rather than later. For me it speaks volumes that we beat Bayonne home and away a few seasons back. If it is dry and the ground is firm we can look out! I am fearful that before the season is out we will face the ignominy of a 50 pointer at home and possibly much worse at somewhere like Ulster - all doing long term damage to the Dragons as a business. East Newport Dave
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