THE Dragons shared the spoils with Ulster after a dramatic 32-32 draw at Rodney Parade. Here are five things from the 10-try thriller in the Guinness PRO14.

1: Sensational spirit

In the end the Dragons were disappointed to have to settle for three match points rather than five, yet it was their spirit that ensured they headed for the changing rooms with anything to show for their efforts at all.

A poor start left one fearing the worst against a pretty formidable Ulster side yet the Dragons rallied from 8-0 down, growing in confidence after Matthew Screech’s lineout try to head into the break 15-15.

The Irish province then seemed to have cracked the game with a powerful start to the second half, their two tries looking to have secured a bonus point win.

Once again it was the Dragons’ driving lineout that got them back into it with Liam Belcher’s pushover try followed by the efforts by Angus O’Brien and Ashton Hewitt.

To concede late on was galling but the Dragons had shown resilience after enduring a pair of periods under the pump.

“That’s what so frustrating away from home,” admitted head coach Bernard Jackman afterwards. “Look at how well we started at Leinster but then we gave away one try that led to four.

“We answered that tonight but we need to get consistent because you will make mistakes, you will go behind and it’s how resilient you are.”

2: Glorious Gav and burgeoning Babos

Gavin Henson has been a terrific signing for the Dragons so far and was back to the sort of form he was showing at the start of the campaign.

The playmaker has some wonderfully light touches and operates at a different speed to those around him. He will be key to getting that elusive league derby win over the festive period.

I have t-shirts that are older than Dan Babos and it’s apt that the Dragons got their Teenage Kicks against a team from the land of the Undertones.

The scrum-half is rapid to the breakdown, has a lovely pass and certainly doesn’t seem to lack confidence to boss older forwards around.

Babos is going to make mistakes and he is going to have tough times but the teenager from Cwmbran has already shown the qualities that have led to the management pushing him to the front of the queue.

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3: Test-class Griffiths

It was ridiculous that Ollie Griffiths, who was a landslide winner of the 2016/17 Argus Dragon of the Year, wasn’t rewarded for a stellar season with more than a couple of minutes for Wales against Tonga last summer.

Were it not for injury then he surely would have been with the Test squad this autumn ahead of sevens specialist Sam Cross.

But Griffiths’ time will come, even given the back row riches at the Wales management’s disposal.

He was back to his dynamic best against Ulster – showing incredible pace with ball in hand, carrying hard, covering an incredible distance in defence, putting in some wonderful tackles.

Add in his leadership qualities and the Dragons have an openside flanker who deserves to be there battling with Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ellis Jenkins.

A Griffiths, Ross Moriarty, Harrison Keddie/James Benjamin back row is an exciting prospect.

A quick word as well for his fellow Newbridge native Jack Dixon, who came back from a shocking start to lead the charge with some big old carries.

The centre has made a good start to the campaign and can hopefully take his game to another level by developing the cuter touches he is starting to show more regularly.

4: Driving force

Firstly, having a strong driving lineout is not a totally new thing for the Dragons. They had a well-drilled one a few years back when it memorably led to a win at Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day, 2014 and did for a hefty Stade Francais pack in Newport.

The work of Ceri Jones and Rhys Thomas is showing this season to get back to those days, meaning captain Ollie Griffiths has a genuine decision to make when penalties are awarded.

The driving lineout got the Dragons out of a pickle twice, boosting morale in the first half when Matthew Screech’s score sparked them into life and then getting them back in it after the break through hooker Liam Belcher.

It’s near impossible to stop when done well and the Dragons were in credit 12-7 after shipping a score themselves.

5: Deputies ensure there’s no rush

The Dragons are fortunate that it’s Enisei-STM next up – the Russians are no mugs but it should still be a relatively simple five-point haul next Friday to keep the Challenge Cup quarter-final bid alive.

That means that Hallam Amos, Elliot Dee, Cory Hill and Leon Brown can watch on from the Bisley Stand with a brew whereas a date with Bordeaux-Begles or Newcastle may have needed a swift return after Wales exertions.

Their jerseys were filled excellently against Ulster with Jared Rosser doing superbly for the Angus O’Brien try, Liam Belcher was full of energy at hooker, the Matthew Screech/Joe Davies partnership went well in the second row and Lloyd Fairbrother continued his pretty decent recent form.

The Dragons don’t have the depth they want just yet but the Wales quartet’s deputies did very well on Friday.