LiveDragons v Edinburgh

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Summary

  • The Dragons are looking to get back to winning ways after heavy defeats to Ulster and Connacht and a draw against Zebre.
  • If Lyn Jones' men can beat Edinburgh then they will climb to seventh in the table and stretch away from Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues.
  • The Scots still have hope of catching the Scarlets in the race for the final spot in next season's premier European tournament and edged the Murrayfield meeting between the sides 16-13 thanks to Harry Leonard's penalty with the final kick.
  • The Dragons have not lost to Edinburgh at Rodney Parade since 2006.

8:16pm

Alas, Edinburgh stand firm. The referee determining that the scrum had gone round. Controversial but that doesn't matter. Dragons 19 Edinburgh 23.

8:12pm

5m scrum to the Dragons....

8:06pm

Tovey converts and it's 23-19 after 73 mins.

8:05pm

TRY DRAGONS! Forwards power towards the line and then Ross Wardle cuts a nice line to go over.

8:05pm

van der West in the bin for pulling down a Dragons drive. They go to the corner again...

8:03pm

Another Cuthbert penalty. 23-12 after 70 minutes. Sigh.

7:58pm

Cuthbert kicks a penalty and it's all going to pot. 20-12 with 66 gone.

7:53pm

Into the last quarter and the Dragons are being hindered by some awful decision-making.

7:39pm

The Dragons are behind thanks to a hugely unlucky try. Scott goes through a gaping hole in midfield that is made by the ref accidentally tripping up Duncan Bell. Nightmare. Dragons 12 Edin 17 after 50.

7:35pm

It's good. The fly-half isn't playing the best but thankfully he is kicking superbly. 12-10 Dragons after 48.

7:34pm

Another scrum penalty won by the Dragons and tighthead Nel gets a warning. Tovey to have a shot at the sticks...

7:27pm

Back under way...

7:14pm

Dragons 9 Edinburgh 10... hardly a classic but the hosts should be leading at the break.

7:14pm

Dragons win a penalty and Tovey will try and make it 10-9 to the visitors at half-time... he succeeds via the left post.

7:12pm

All that hard work wasted. Nel barges over after Strauss' break and the conversion makes it 10-6 after 39.

7:08pm

Gah! Price gifts Edinburgh a chance to response when he ignores warnings to get his hands out of a ruck. Cuthbert makes it 6-3 after 35.

7:06pm

Dragons' turn to win a penalty at the scrum. Tovey should knock this over... and does. 6-0 Dragons after 33 mins.

6:58pm

Dragons prop Phil Price pinged at the scrum and Jack Cuthbert will have a crack at goal... he is just wide and it stays 3-0.

6:56pm

Dragons on top but it's still only 3-0. They're being hindered by some daft errors against an Edinburgh side that have been pretty limited so far.

6:46pm

The fly-half gets it. Not the most pretty but who cares? 3-0 after 14 mins.

6:46pm

Dragons win a penalty for Ross Ford coming into a maul from the side, Tovey to have a shot at goal...

6:44pm

Dragons pile the pressure on in the visitors' 22 but they stand firm. Still 0-0 after 12.

6:40pm

Edinburgh 5m scrum goes through 90 - Dragons now attacking. Well done Ding Dong...

6:38pm

Amos unlucky after a super break down the left, started by Duncan Bell and Faletau combining. Great arching run by the Wales wing but the Edinburgh cover just had him.

6:35pm

Excellent start by the Dragons with Jack Dixon prominent. Pinning Edinburgh back with some aggressive defence.

6:30pm

Edinburgh get us under way, Dragons attacking the North Terrace...

6:29pm

Edinburgh are led out by captain Mike Coman, swiftly followed by Andrew Coombs and his Dragons.

6:26pm

It's a horrible night with Welsh rain rather than Sahara sand causing the trouble.

6:23pm

Unsurprisingly it's going to be a terribly low attendance here tonight. 6.30pm on a school night? Thanks for that.

It's not the Dragons' doing - the game is on telly and cannot clash with this evening's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final between Sale and Saints.

6:20pm

Dragons: D Evans, T Prydie, P Leach, J Dixon, H Amos, J Tovey, R Rees, P Price, E Dee, D Bell, A Coombs (captain), M Screech, L Evans, N Cudd, T Faletau. Replacements: S Parry, O Evans, B Douglas, C Hill, J Groves, W Evans, R Wardle, W Harries.


Edinburgh: J Cuthbert, S Hidalgo-Clyne, M Scott, A Strauss, T Brown, H Leonard, G Hart, A Dickinson, R Ford, W Nel, G Gilchrist, I van der Westhuizen, M Coman (captain), C du Preez, D Denton. Replacements: J Hilterbrand, W Blaauw, S Berghan, O Atkins, R Grant, S Kennedy, C Bezuidenhout, S Beard

Referee: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

6:19pm

Late change to the Dragons team - flanker Nic Cudd is out because of a bug.

Lewis Evans switches to openside with Jevon Groves coming in at 6. Netani Talei gets the chance to face his former side from the bench.

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