Dragons condemned to being bottom region after Scarlets defeat

Dragons condemned to being bottom region after Scarlets defeat

Scarlets v Dragons. Pat Leach reverses the ball to Tom Prydie to score. (5904000)

Scarlets v Dragons. Dragons look to break free of the Scarlets rearguard. (5904039)

Scarlets v Dragons. Hallam Amos cant quite reach it. (5904049)

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SCARLETS 34 DRAGONS 23

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will once again finish as Wales’ worst region after being beaten 34-23 by the Scarlets in Llanelli.

The Rodney Parade region endured another pointless RaboDirect Pro12 encounter and slump since the turn of the year – taking a dismal 7 points from a possible 50 - means that Cardiff Blues are now out of their reach.

The tenth-placed Dragons headed west on a wave of a crest furore after abandoning a web vote for a new logo because of a negative reaction.

And after half an hour it looked like very few of the Dragons would be doing the badge proud in Llanelli when their hosts crossed for a third try to make it 24-3.

Thankfully the visitors rallied to make a game of it but, once again, they were left with nothing to show for their honest toil.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom and the performance of the back three of the excellent Hallam Amos and wings Tom Prydie and Will Harries provided plenty of excitement.

However, the Dragons were once again let down by a faltering set piece, something that simply has to get better next season (a phrase that has been uttered for many years).

Defeat ensured a pair of miserable eights for the Dragons – it means that 2013/14 will be the eighth season out of 11 that they have suffered away whitewashes against their regional rivals and the eighth time that they have finished as Wales’ worst region.

The pointless trip west means that Lyn Jones’ side can no longer catch the Blues but also leaves them needing to beat Treviso at Rodney Parade next Saturday to avoid a repeat of last term’s shocking 11th-place finish in the Pro12.

Not only that, but the Dragons will hope Zebre don’t stun Glasgow in Scotland or they could end up bottom of the pile.

Against the Ospreys a fortnight earlier it was scoreless as they headed to the Millennium Stadium sheds but sadly the scoreboard operator was much, much busier in Llanelli.

The Dragons actually made a lively start and were good value for a 3-0 lead after 10 minutes courtesy of a Kris Burton penalty.

From there it went wrong. Badly wrong.

The Scarlets scored a pair of tries courtesy of their well-drilled driving lineout; the Dragons may have stopped the mauls but conceded from the following phases on their line to Wales lock Jake Ball and impressive scrum-half Gareth Davies.

They went over for their third from inside their own half just past the half-hour when Lions centre Jonathan Davies exposed Wales Under-20s prospect Jack Dixon in defence before allowing Davies to put Jordan Williams over.

Priestland, who had earlier booted a penalty, made it three conversions from three.

Game over at 24-3? It seemed so but the Dragons rallied in the final stages of the half.

First Burton booted over a penalty from in front of the sticks and that conservative call proved to be the correct one when the ex-Italy fly-half intercepted Priestland just inside his own half.

The 20-year-old Burton may have made it all the way but the 33-year-old did not have the legs on the covering Davies so passed to centre Pat Leach, who shipped the ball on to wing Tom Prydie to go over.

The half-time score of 24-13 was nothing to write home about but the late scores at least saved the Parc y Scarlets crockery from being thrown against the away changing room wall.

And the Dragons made an excellent start to the second half when Burton chipped between the sticks to make it an eight-point game, but they were swiftly back under the pump.

The Scarlets piled the pressure on and won a penalty close to the line. They swiftly opted for the scrum and even the introduction of tighthead Duncan Bell couldn’t stop the Dragons being marched backwards.

Thankfully the ball popped out but the hosts retained possession, kept the attack going and Wales hooker Ken Owens dotted down for the bonus point, Priestland’s conversion making it 31-16.

A fifth try looked on the cards approaching the hour when the hosts piled the pressure on against the Dragons, who were down to 14 men courtesy of hooker Rhys Thomas’ yellow for dragging down a maul, but instead it was the other line that was crossed.

Turnover ball was hacked to halfway, Harries won the race to it and offloaded to Leach to put a peach of a kick through for Prydie.

Tovey converted to make it 31-23 entering the final quarter only for a sweetly-struck Priestland penalty to increase the Scarlets’ lead to 11 and snuffed out any slim hopes of a rare Dragons away win.

Scarlets: S Shingler, K Phillips (F Climo 56), J Davies (captain), O Barkley (G Maule 60), J Williams, R Priestland, G Davies (R Williams 68), P John (R Evans 61), K Owens (K Myhill 68), S Lee (R Jones 62), J Ball, G Earle (J Snyman 40), J Turnbull, J Barclay, R McCusker (A Shingler 31-16).

Scorers: tries – J Ball, G Davies, J Williams, K Owens; conversions – R Priestland (4); penalties – R Priestland (2)

Dragons: H Amos, T Prydie, P Leach (T Morgan 68), J Dixon, W Harries, K Burton (J Tovey 52), R Rees (J Evans 15-19, 68), P Price (O Evans 75), R Thomas (S Parry 72), B Douglas (D Bell 44), A Coombs (captain), M Screech (D Waters 75), L Evans (S Parry 53-60, J Groves 60), N Cudd, T Faletau.

Scorers: tries – T Prydie (2); conversions – K Burton, J Tovey; penalties – K Burton (3)

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Bridgend)

Attendance: 6,521

Argus star man: Hallam Amos

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9:16pm Fri 2 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -9

9:22pm Fri 2 May 14

hazellboy says...

read my comment on scrap the logo blog, enough said goodnight lynne
read my comment on scrap the logo blog, enough said goodnight lynne hazellboy
  • Score: -9

9:23pm Fri 2 May 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

Got to be honest, nothing less than a win next week will do now! The dragons need to sort out the set piece because you saw the scarlets just pushing us back and back and back, just like every team has in the scrum! The one thing i found out is that the dragons have got good backs. We need to keep will harris its simple as that, he was good again tonight! When we went 24-3 down i thought a mauling was going to happen, but fair play the boys dug in deep and for that im proud of them for! no points again though, not good enough! Games like that i think we will win next season though.
Got to be honest, nothing less than a win next week will do now! The dragons need to sort out the set piece because you saw the scarlets just pushing us back and back and back, just like every team has in the scrum! The one thing i found out is that the dragons have got good backs. We need to keep will harris its simple as that, he was good again tonight! When we went 24-3 down i thought a mauling was going to happen, but fair play the boys dug in deep and for that im proud of them for! no points again though, not good enough! Games like that i think we will win next season though. Dragonsfan81
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Fri 2 May 14

Risca1 says...

Another dismal season where we are now hardly competing with any of the regions. Even Zebre look a better side. Seems like a long time ago that our coach Paul Turner was awarded coach of the year. Get rid of the coach and things will improve was the cry!
Another dismal season where we are now hardly competing with any of the regions. Even Zebre look a better side. Seems like a long time ago that our coach Paul Turner was awarded coach of the year. Get rid of the coach and things will improve was the cry! Risca1
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Fri 2 May 14

Priory Monk says...

It is time for the Dragon supporters realise that the team is being coached by two TV pundits and not rugby coaches, yes they both had a good pedigree at one time but not now, it is sad to watch the team failing so badly at the scrum season after season they do not appear to have the way with all as EVERY other team has, yes, I would support for a change for a real rugby coach.
It is time for the Dragon supporters realise that the team is being coached by two TV pundits and not rugby coaches, yes they both had a good pedigree at one time but not now, it is sad to watch the team failing so badly at the scrum season after season they do not appear to have the way with all as EVERY other team has, yes, I would support for a change for a real rugby coach. Priory Monk
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Fri 2 May 14

Risca1 says...

The biggest embarrassment was Martyn Williams saying that the Scarlets No 8 could not control the ball as the scrum was going forward too quickly. You can only laugh!
The biggest embarrassment was Martyn Williams saying that the Scarlets No 8 could not control the ball as the scrum was going forward too quickly. You can only laugh! Risca1
  • Score: 8

10:57pm Fri 2 May 14

Caerleonboy says...

Our weak lineout drive let us down again, plus a moment of stupidity by T Rhys Thomas leading to his yellow card. I cannot see any sense whatsoever in letting Harries go, he has a great rugby brain and had some excellent runs today, he or Amos could easily have been man of the match. The aimless kicking was non existent, so credit to our backs for having confidence to run with the ball and doing so well, the coaches have obviously done a good job in that department recently. Cudd was again in fine form, making some great tackles. We defended well for most of the match, with the territory and possession the Scarlets had they would have hoped for more tries.
Our weak lineout drive let us down again, plus a moment of stupidity by T Rhys Thomas leading to his yellow card. I cannot see any sense whatsoever in letting Harries go, he has a great rugby brain and had some excellent runs today, he or Amos could easily have been man of the match. The aimless kicking was non existent, so credit to our backs for having confidence to run with the ball and doing so well, the coaches have obviously done a good job in that department recently. Cudd was again in fine form, making some great tackles. We defended well for most of the match, with the territory and possession the Scarlets had they would have hoped for more tries. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 13

11:08pm Fri 2 May 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive?
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive? Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: -1

11:15pm Fri 2 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Melvyn The Milk wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive?
You are so stale you ought to change your name to Melvyn the cheese. Who cares about region success? i don't never have, never will.
[quote][p][bold]Melvyn The Milk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive?[/p][/quote]You are so stale you ought to change your name to Melvyn the cheese. Who cares about region success? i don't never have, never will. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -9

10:02am Sat 3 May 14

daveglyn says...

Once again our pack were driven back at a rate of knots.
Given that,the Scarlets pack were only some two pounds
heavier than than that of the Dragons, was that because
the Dragons pack lack fitness, technique,desire or quality
coaching. The backs given some quality ball would be capable
of giving most sides a good game. Let us hope that the new
signings an end to this embarrassment.
In the meantime get off Lyn Jones back and give the bloke a chnce.
Once again our pack were driven back at a rate of knots. Given that,the Scarlets pack were only some two pounds heavier than than that of the Dragons, was that because the Dragons pack lack fitness, technique,desire or quality coaching. The backs given some quality ball would be capable of giving most sides a good game. Let us hope that the new signings an end to this embarrassment. In the meantime get off Lyn Jones back and give the bloke a chnce. daveglyn
  • Score: 14

10:05am Sat 3 May 14

the-dragons says...

You guys always wanted to blame the coaches first edwards now jones but you wanna start looking the players the front five need to man up because its just setting up the wrong platform for the rest of the guys
You guys always wanted to blame the coaches first edwards now jones but you wanna start looking the players the front five need to man up because its just setting up the wrong platform for the rest of the guys the-dragons
  • Score: 13

10:35am Sat 3 May 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Melvyn The Milk wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive?
You are so stale you ought to change your name to Melvyn the cheese. Who cares about region success? i don't never have, never will.
With an attitude like yours, you are board material.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Melvyn The Milk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]......and what had Team Newport achieved in the previous ten years? How many more coaches do you want to jettison before you come to realise that without unity in the region success will always prove elusive?[/p][/quote]You are so stale you ought to change your name to Melvyn the cheese. Who cares about region success? i don't never have, never will.[/p][/quote]With an attitude like yours, you are board material. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 1

7:12pm Sat 3 May 14

Dai Trying says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Nonsense
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]Nonsense Dai Trying
  • Score: 7

8:25pm Sat 3 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Dai Trying wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Nonsense
No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]Nonsense[/p][/quote]No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -1

11:35am Sun 4 May 14

Euwan Usami says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Dai Trying wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Nonsense
No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.
But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]Nonsense[/p][/quote]No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.[/p][/quote]But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 7

2:00pm Sun 4 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Dai Trying wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Nonsense
No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.
But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful.
I do care, i enjoy every time they lose, and having that clown in charge makes Bumpy a happy man, week in week out.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]Nonsense[/p][/quote]No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.[/p][/quote]But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful.[/p][/quote]I do care, i enjoy every time they lose, and having that clown in charge makes Bumpy a happy man, week in week out. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -3

1:03am Mon 5 May 14

Euwan Usami says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Dai Trying wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.
Nonsense
No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.
But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful.
I do care, i enjoy every time they lose, and having that clown in charge makes Bumpy a happy man, week in week out.
If you enjoy it every time they lose and you think Lyn Jones is the reason they losing then why do you want to see him sacked? Don't make a lot of sense really do you. No wait, let me guess, you don't care. Genius.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Team Gwent still haven't won since Lyn Jones took over. Just thought i'd point that out. Resign Lyn.[/p][/quote]Nonsense[/p][/quote]No it isn't. They haven't won a game since Darren Edwards left.[/p][/quote]But you don't care do you? You just posted that. Why comment on a subject you don't care about? Why do you want Lyn gone? So they start winning? Or are you just a trolling every Dragons thread because you don't like the regional set up? Not exactly constructive is it. If you could drag your mental age into double digits long enough to form a bit of joined up English, I think many would be grateful.[/p][/quote]I do care, i enjoy every time they lose, and having that clown in charge makes Bumpy a happy man, week in week out.[/p][/quote]If you enjoy it every time they lose and you think Lyn Jones is the reason they losing then why do you want to see him sacked? Don't make a lot of sense really do you. No wait, let me guess, you don't care. Genius. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 1

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