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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons failed to halt their slide in the RaboDirect Pro12 after slipping to an infuriating 23-19 defeat to Edinburgh at Rodney Parade.

A late charge was unable to prevent the Scottish side emerging with a first league victory of the season that sees them leapfrog their hosts in the table.

Not only did the Dragons fail to climb to seventh but they are now looking nervously over their shoulder at Cardiff Blues, who are just three points back in the battle to avoid being Wales’ worst.

It’s just one win in seven Pro12 games since the turn of the year and one fears that the Rodney Parade region are in freefall and in danger of repeating last season’s disaster when just hapless Zebre were beneath them.

The performance was slightly better than the meek submission to Connacht a fortnight earlier.

The set piece stood up well, the back row was to the fore and the midfield Jack Dixon-Pat Leach partnership was strong.

There was a lot more fight in the Dragons’ display... and yet it counted for nothing.

Hindered by some rank decision-making and a shocking kicking game, they were kept at arm’s length by the Scots until showing some urgency at the death.

It left you to ponder how the Dragons can do the double over Scotland’s top team Glasgow and yet suffer Murrayfield and Rodney Parade losses to Edinburgh.

The Dragons had the better of what was a pretty mediocre first half yet headed to the changing rooms trailing 10-9.

They made an excellent start and wing Hallam Amos, on his first start since suffering an ankle injury against Leinster in February, was close to crossing with a super break down the left only for the greasy ball to escape from his grasp as the Edinburgh cover closed in.

The hosts continued to press but came up against a well-drilled defence and had to be content with a Jason Tovey penalty for a 3-0 lead after a quarter.

The Dragons continued to have the better of things but were unable to stretch away from the Scots, mostly through their own infuriating errors.

Tovey knocked over another three-pointer to double the lead thanks to a penalty won at the scrum but after being on top for half an hour the Dragons shot themselves in the foot towards the end of the half.

First prop Phil Price, who was doing so well at the set piece, daftly gifted visiting full-back Jack Cuthbert a penalty by handling in a ruck despite being told not to by referee Leo Colgan, the loosehead trudging off gesticulating to furious teammate Richie Rees that he could hear the warnings.

And 6-3 to the Dragons promptly became 10-6 to Edinburgh when tighthead Willem Nel barged over for a converted try after a break by centre Andries Strauss.

Tovey did manage to reduce the deficit with the last kick of the half but they would have been scratching their heads as to how they would be playing catch-up from the restart.

It was more of the same after the break; the Dragons continued to dominate in terms of territory and possession but lacked the calmness required to translate that into points.

Nonethess, the scrum was going well and a penalty allowed Tovey to make it 12-10 and also earned Nel a warning.

But it was the other tighthead that then took centre stage when the Scottish side crossed for a bizarre second try.

Centre Matt Scott cut back in midfield and, much to his surprise, was able to exploit a gaping hole that had been created by Mr Colgan accidentally tripping Duncan Bell. Lock Matthew Screech’s desperate tackle failed and suddenly it was 17-12.

That score took the wind out of the Dragons’ sails; shoulders seemed to slump and a Cuthbert penalty meant that with 66 minutes gone they were not even in bonus point territory.

Another by the full-back made it 23-12 but that stung the hosts into action.

First, after Edinburgh lock Izak van der Westhuizen was sin-binned for dragging down a driving lineout, replacement centre Ross Wardle cut a lovely line to barge over.

Tovey converted and then the Dragons pressed for a winner.

First a surging run by lock Cory Hill panicked the visiting defence and then they forced scrambling Scott into carrying the ball over his own line following a grubber kick through.

Alas, despite winning penalties from the five-metre scrums they were unable to steal the spoils at the death, Mr Colgan deciding that the set piece had gone through 90 degrees with time over rather than heading under the sticks for a penalty try.

Dragons: D Evans (W Harries 65), T Prydie, P Leach, J Dixon (R Wardle 70), H Amos, J Tovey, R Rees (W Evans 66), P Price (O Evans 73), E Dee (S Parry 66), D Bell (B Douglas 66), A Coombs (captain), M Screech (C Hill 63), J Groves (N Talei 69), L Evans, T Faletau.

Scorers: try – R Wardle; conversion – J Tovey; penalties – J Tovey (4)

Edinburgh: J Cuthbert, S Hidalgo-Clyne, M Scott, A Strauss (C Bezuidenhout 65), T Brown, H Leonard, G Hart, A Dickinson, R Ford (J Hilterbrand 20), W Nel, G Gilchrist, I van der Westhuizen, M Coman (captain), C du Preez, D Denton.

Scorers: tries – W Nel, M Scott; conversions – J Cuthbert (2); penalties – J Cuthbert (2)

Yellow cards: I van der Westhuizen

Referee: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Attendance: 4,574

Argus star man: Elliot Dee

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8:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

b3talover says...

"Dragons in much better shape for Edinburgh clash" - of course they are, of course... *yawn*
"Dragons in much better shape for Edinburgh clash" - of course they are, of course... *yawn* b3talover
  • Score: -1

9:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

swrxp09 says...

Watched this shambles on TV. Mind numbing "rugby" with shocking decision making right up to the final whistle. Cue howls of derision "It was the ref what dun it".
Watched this shambles on TV. Mind numbing "rugby" with shocking decision making right up to the final whistle. Cue howls of derision "It was the ref what dun it". swrxp09
  • Score: 7

9:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Elhorno says...

Very poor display, you cannot win a game if you continue to kick ball away, some really bad decisions being made as when to kick .
Sorry to say that its the captain who should be correcting this on the field, it was his decision to carry on persisting with a scrum in the dying minutes, when it called for a tap and run, this would have given you a far better chance of scoring then a scrum were you can be penelised any time..
Very poor display, you cannot win a game if you continue to kick ball away, some really bad decisions being made as when to kick . Sorry to say that its the captain who should be correcting this on the field, it was his decision to carry on persisting with a scrum in the dying minutes, when it called for a tap and run, this would have given you a far better chance of scoring then a scrum were you can be penelised any time.. Elhorno
  • Score: 19

9:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

keithbob says...

come back darren,all is forgiven!
come back darren,all is forgiven! keithbob
  • Score: -10

9:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

I don't know what we hoped to achieve by constantly kicking the ball to Edinburgh, they just either kicked it back to us better than we kicked or ran the ball to where we had kicked it from. Dan Evans was poor and only seemed able to kick, and badly. Prydie was, yet again, awful, he missed tackles and kicked aimlessly. I don't know why we didn't just take a quick tap at the end, surely the players know that anything can happen at scrum time, even if we thought we had the (slight) upper hand. We seem to lack leaders in the team. Faletau, our best ball carrier, isn't used enough, and please someone give Amos the ball, he can, and will, run or at least chase his kicks. Credit to Dee and Bell, both put in a great effort. Goes to show age doesn't matter, young or old, it's effort and ability that count.
I don't know what we hoped to achieve by constantly kicking the ball to Edinburgh, they just either kicked it back to us better than we kicked or ran the ball to where we had kicked it from. Dan Evans was poor and only seemed able to kick, and badly. Prydie was, yet again, awful, he missed tackles and kicked aimlessly. I don't know why we didn't just take a quick tap at the end, surely the players know that anything can happen at scrum time, even if we thought we had the (slight) upper hand. We seem to lack leaders in the team. Faletau, our best ball carrier, isn't used enough, and please someone give Amos the ball, he can, and will, run or at least chase his kicks. Credit to Dee and Bell, both put in a great effort. Goes to show age doesn't matter, young or old, it's effort and ability that count. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 14

9:40pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Warbles says...

Clueless; a 15 & 10 whose sole contribution was to kick ball away, usually to their 15 who didn't miss a thing all night. Tovey seems to have reverted to his previous problem of complacency with no-one to challenge him. We had a 12, 13 & 14 who were desperate for the ball but it rarely arrived. All the Edinburgh forwards,individuall
y, made a contribution; ours ground to a halt every time they took contact. 3rd welsh region ..... NO CHANCE.
Clueless; a 15 & 10 whose sole contribution was to kick ball away, usually to their 15 who didn't miss a thing all night. Tovey seems to have reverted to his previous problem of complacency with no-one to challenge him. We had a 12, 13 & 14 who were desperate for the ball but it rarely arrived. All the Edinburgh forwards,individuall y, made a contribution; ours ground to a halt every time they took contact. 3rd welsh region ..... NO CHANCE. Warbles
  • Score: 15

9:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Euwan Usami says...

Disappointing performance for sure. Made even more frustrating by the close finish really. I am not one for blaming refs tbh but you have to question the fourth official, Derek Bevan, when the ref managed to impede both Duncan Bell and Jevon Groves to create the gap for the second Edinburgh try. It's obvious he thought he'd caused a problem when he went "Upstairs". Really could believe that try was given. A narrow victory would have put a different light on things. Pity the season has appeared to lose all its momentum. Guessing we are all starting to look toward next season already.
Disappointing performance for sure. Made even more frustrating by the close finish really. I am not one for blaming refs tbh but you have to question the fourth official, Derek Bevan, when the ref managed to impede both Duncan Bell and Jevon Groves to create the gap for the second Edinburgh try. It's obvious he thought he'd caused a problem when he went "Upstairs". Really could believe that try was given. A narrow victory would have put a different light on things. Pity the season has appeared to lose all its momentum. Guessing we are all starting to look toward next season already. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 9

9:59pm Thu 3 Apr 14

phantom14 says...

Yawn , poor coaching and game plan again!!!!
Yawn , poor coaching and game plan again!!!! phantom14
  • Score: 7

10:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

East Newport Dave says...

The on-field leaders weren't there, It just needed someone with a rugby brain and composure at the end to win the game. Instead the Dragons reverted to the scrum which has been a weak area. It's not surprising Lyn is recruiting in some older, wiser heads.
The on-field leaders weren't there, It just needed someone with a rugby brain and composure at the end to win the game. Instead the Dragons reverted to the scrum which has been a weak area. It's not surprising Lyn is recruiting in some older, wiser heads. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 16

12:45am Fri 4 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.
Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 4

8:34am Fri 4 Apr 14

swrxp09 says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.
Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.[/p][/quote]Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game. swrxp09
  • Score: 10

8:40am Fri 4 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

swrxp09 wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.
Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game.
It was three penalties but agree the tap should have been used and a push over was the better option. Terrible decision but the ref was overawed by the game. Won't see him again at this level for a while.
[quote][p][bold]swrxp09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.[/p][/quote]Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game.[/p][/quote]It was three penalties but agree the tap should have been used and a push over was the better option. Terrible decision but the ref was overawed by the game. Won't see him again at this level for a while. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 3

9:46am Fri 4 Apr 14

Dai Trying says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
swrxp09 wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.
Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game.
It was three penalties but agree the tap should have been used and a push over was the better option. Terrible decision but the ref was overawed by the game. Won't see him again at this level for a while.
Wrong, two penalties.

If Rees had been on the park the captain would not have been given the option, he would have tapped. Ref went upstairs on 2nd try because Coombes complained of blocking, not his or the refs greatest game. Coombes was constantly complaining through out the game, not the way to get him on your side. Cudd was missed Evans is no 7 and yet once more he stepped up to gift the fullback the winning penalty for a stupid piece of blocking. Without that the last penalty could have been kicked for the win.

Next season can't come soon enough. Lyn Jones probably can't wait to start a season with his own tools having disposed of as much of DE's tool box **** he can.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swrxp09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Two poor sides made much worse by a woeful decision by the match official. The ref cause two impediments and was so embarrassed he want to the TMO for salvation. One player tripped and one seriously obstructed and prevented the tackle that would have stopped the try. Thre penalties to the Dragons on the five metere line for bringing the scrum down should have been a penalty try and a yellow. But the refs inexperience of such tight games prevented him doing his job and running for cover. A poor performance made FAR WORSE by a very poor ref.[/p][/quote]Robert, it was two penalties and then they were shoved off the ball by a seven man Edinburgh scrum. The only person who can take the blame is the numpty who called for three scrums in the last minute when this had been a problem area all night. Tap and go would have won the game.[/p][/quote]It was three penalties but agree the tap should have been used and a push over was the better option. Terrible decision but the ref was overawed by the game. Won't see him again at this level for a while.[/p][/quote]Wrong, two penalties. If Rees had been on the park the captain would not have been given the option, he would have tapped. Ref went upstairs on 2nd try because Coombes complained of blocking, not his or the refs greatest game. Coombes was constantly complaining through out the game, not the way to get him on your side. Cudd was missed Evans is no 7 and yet once more he stepped up to gift the fullback the winning penalty for a stupid piece of blocking. Without that the last penalty could have been kicked for the win. Next season can't come soon enough. Lyn Jones probably can't wait to start a season with his own tools having disposed of as much of DE's tool box **** he can. Dai Trying
  • Score: 8

12:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith.
Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -14

12:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

the dork says...

sad
sad the dork
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

the dork wrote:
sad
Yes, the coaching of Gwent Dragons really is sad.
[quote][p][bold]the dork[/bold] wrote: sad[/p][/quote]Yes, the coaching of Gwent Dragons really is sad. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -7

5:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ollie72 says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith.
Complete and utter rubbish!

We've had two seasons of Darren Edwards' rugby, during which time we looked clueless - and now that the Jones boys have lost a couple of games with Darren Edwards' team, they should be sacked?

Lyn and Kingsley will get performances out of half decent players - the way that Turner used to - and hopefully, once we are regularly vying for top half finishes we will be more attractive to investors and high performance players

If Darren Edwards got two years grace - the Jones boys should get at least that long...
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith.[/p][/quote]Complete and utter rubbish! We've had two seasons of Darren Edwards' rugby, during which time we looked clueless - and now that the Jones boys have lost a couple of games with Darren Edwards' team, they should be sacked? Lyn and Kingsley will get performances out of half decent players - the way that Turner used to - and hopefully, once we are regularly vying for top half finishes we will be more attractive to investors and high performance players If Darren Edwards got two years grace - the Jones boys should get at least that long... ollie72
  • Score: 9

5:52pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Amber in the blood says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith.
Totally agree Lyn Jones should resign, all the hype around him is nonsense he is a poor coach - take a look at his gwent dragons.
By the way where were all the thousands of valley people at the game, they come down in there droves - NOT.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Lyn Jones shouldn't be given the chance to do the honourable thing and resign. He should be sacked forthwith.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Lyn Jones should resign, all the hype around him is nonsense he is a poor coach - take a look at his gwent dragons. By the way where were all the thousands of valley people at the game, they come down in there droves - NOT. Amber in the blood
  • Score: -8

9:16pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

The Dragons pushed the Scots over thier own try line to get the scrum 5 , the first scrum collapsed leading to a reset, which resulted in a penalty to the Dragons, the scrum was reset resulting a 2nd penalty, this was followed by a reset which was deemed to have been wheeled by the ref, so it was three scrum not penalties. The scrums we're reset five times because the Edinburgh tight head was going down every time, the ref penalized him twice for it. Watch the game on S4C and see how poor thet ref was in those last few minutes and you will see how poor he was. The Dragons were on top and Edinburgh got to the ref big time and he lost his bottle and ran for the cover of the changing room.
The Dragons pushed the Scots over thier own try line to get the scrum 5 , the first scrum collapsed leading to a reset, which resulted in a penalty to the Dragons, the scrum was reset resulting a 2nd penalty, this was followed by a reset which was deemed to have been wheeled by the ref, so it was three scrum not penalties. The scrums we're reset five times because the Edinburgh tight head was going down every time, the ref penalized him twice for it. Watch the game on S4C and see how poor thet ref was in those last few minutes and you will see how poor he was. The Dragons were on top and Edinburgh got to the ref big time and he lost his bottle and ran for the cover of the changing room. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 8

8:37pm Tue 8 Apr 14

East Newport Dave says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The Dragons pushed the Scots over thier own try line to get the scrum 5 , the first scrum collapsed leading to a reset, which resulted in a penalty to the Dragons, the scrum was reset resulting a 2nd penalty, this was followed by a reset which was deemed to have been wheeled by the ref, so it was three scrum not penalties. The scrums we're reset five times because the Edinburgh tight head was going down every time, the ref penalized him twice for it. Watch the game on S4C and see how poor thet ref was in those last few minutes and you will see how poor he was. The Dragons were on top and Edinburgh got to the ref big time and he lost his bottle and ran for the cover of the changing room.
Robert, this stuff is mind numbing. THE PLAYERS ON THE FIELD LOST THE GAME. FULL STOP. END OF NEWS. Stop blaming the referee for below par player performances. Frankly, it is pathetic!
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The Dragons pushed the Scots over thier own try line to get the scrum 5 , the first scrum collapsed leading to a reset, which resulted in a penalty to the Dragons, the scrum was reset resulting a 2nd penalty, this was followed by a reset which was deemed to have been wheeled by the ref, so it was three scrum not penalties. The scrums we're reset five times because the Edinburgh tight head was going down every time, the ref penalized him twice for it. Watch the game on S4C and see how poor thet ref was in those last few minutes and you will see how poor he was. The Dragons were on top and Edinburgh got to the ref big time and he lost his bottle and ran for the cover of the changing room.[/p][/quote]Robert, this stuff is mind numbing. THE PLAYERS ON THE FIELD LOST THE GAME. FULL STOP. END OF NEWS. Stop blaming the referee for below par player performances. Frankly, it is pathetic! East Newport Dave
  • Score: 0

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