Dragons v Connacht
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- Newport Gwent Dragons, who are eighth, attempt to close the gap on the sixth-placed Scarlets with victory against Connacht.
- The Dragons are looking for a repeat of the performance that saw them stun title hopefuls Glasgow in their last fixture at Rodney Parade.
- But Pat Lam's side are in fine form and are gunning for their fourth win on the spin - which would see them go up to seventh rather than their hosts.
All over and it's a pretty humbling 24-8 defeat. Report coming soon...
And they get it through their driving lineout - Mike Swift going over.
It's going to be a pointless afternoon for the Dragons here but Connacht are chasing a four-try BP.
Conversion missed from out wide. Dragons 8 Connacht 19 with 10 mins left.
Dragons strike back, working the ball out to the right for Tom Prydie to cross.
Darragh Leader is yellow carded for taking Lewis Evans out in the air. Attendance 5474 by the way.
Dragons 3 Connacht 19 and the hosts are now playing for a bonus point... as are the Irish province.
Game over. John Muldoon powers over from another driving lineout.
Grim, grim, grim.
Tovey misses with a shot at goal. It's all a bit manic from the hosts and Connacht are doing a fine job of hanging on to their lead.
Dragons kicking pens to the corner...
Taulupe's on! Faletau replaces Talei. No pressure Tobes, just rescue this from 14-3...
Dragons doing much better up front but are playing in their own half and have been unable to chip away at the lead.
Teams back out for the second half. Fingers crossed for much, much better.
Half-time: Connacht up 14-3 and they will be well chuffed with that. It's a long way back for the Dragons.
And now Connacht have a second try - driving their way over from 15 metres out. Rodney Ah You the scorer, 14-3 after 23 mins.
Sidoli yellow-carded for coming into a driving lineout from the side. Ominous signs.
This is all very ordinary from the Dragons. They are wasting the advantage of the wind and you can be sure that Dan Parks won't.
No escape this time - scrum against the head sees John Muldoon go over. Connacht putting the squeeze on up front for a 7-3 lead after 18 mins.
Quick piece of thinking by Nic Cudd saves the day - Connachgt rumbling towards the line from a 5m scrum but the flanker dots the ball down as it touches the line. TMO says no try and the Dragons clear.
Wide right but had the legs comfortably.
Prydie to have a shot at goal after Richie Rees is obstructed at a ruck.
Lively start by the Dragons, who have a strong wind at their backs.
Tovey nails it. 3-0 Dragons after a minute.
30 seconds on the clock and Tovey will have a shot at goal after Connacht don't release. All started by Nic Cudd's jackal.
Tovey gets us under way, Dragons defending the North Terrace.
Fair to say that this is a must-win if the Dragons are to finish in the top half. Coombs leads them out and we're all set for kick-off.
Lovely sunny afternoon at Rodney Parade, which should suit the Dragons. They have a strong looking set of backs - good to see Jack Dixon back alongside Ross Wardle in midfield.
Dragons boosted by the return of Wales lock Andrew Coombs while Lions ace Taulupe Faletau is on the bench.
The back three looks much stronger thanks to the return of Dan Evans (suspension), Tom Prydie (ankle injury) and Will Harries (concussion).
Dragons: D Evans, T Prydie, R Wardle, J Dixon, W Harries, J Tovey, R Rees, O Evans, H Gustafson, B Douglas, A Coombs (captain), R Sidoli, L Evans, N Cudd, N Talei. Replacements: E Dee, P Price, D Bell, M Screech, T Faletau, W Evans, A Smith, M Pewtner.
Connacht: R Henshaw, T O’Halloran, E Griffin, D McSharry, F Carr, D Parks, K Marmion, D Buckley, J Harris-Wright, R Ah You, A Muldowney, M Kearney, J Muldoon (captain), E Masterson, E McKeon. Replacements: D Heffernan, R Loughney, N White, M Swift, A Browne, F Murphy, M Nikora, D Leader.
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
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