THE Dragons failed in their bid for a rare derby double after the Scarlets got revenge with a 38-19 victory at Rodney Parade.

The weekend after they were singing in the Llanelli changing room, Dean Ryan’s men were conducting a post-mortem in Newport after shipping six tries.

The Dragons fell 17-0 behind after tries by lock Sam Lousi, full-back Angus O’Brien and hooker Ryan Elias but got a try back before the break when centre Jack Dixon powered over.

Efforts by full-back Jordan Williams and centre Adam Warren earned a 19-17 lead on the hour but the hosts imploded.

Wales prop Rob Evans barged over and the Scarlets ensured the Dragons endured a pointless afternoon with tries at the death for wing Corey Baldwin and O’Brien.

Here are the talking points from Rodney Parade…

South Wales Argus: SHOCKER: Gonzalo Bertranou dropped the ball with the line at his mercySHOCKER: Gonzalo Bertranou dropped the ball with the line at his mercy


The Dragons lost by 19 points and the Scarlets were ultimately worthy winners but this could easily have been a first derby double since the Ospreys were turned over twice in 2010/11.

The tone was set early on when the hosts hammered away in the 22 for Ben Fry to charge through at a ruck and provide the pass for Gonzalo Bertranou.

It was a simple score for the Argentina scrum-half but he failed to catch the ball.

The theme would continue throughout the afternoon with so many trips to the 22 ending in disappointment.

The Dragons had 66 per cent possession and 67 per cent territory yet were outscored six tries to three because of the lack of a killer touch.

The decision-making and error count in the 22 left an awful lot to be desired.


Director of rugby Ryan was livid after the game because the Dragons put themselves in a winning position despite their profligacy.

When Sam Davies converted Warren’s try they led 19-17 with a quarter to go and all the momentum.

They cleared their lines from the restart, stole the lineout… and then tried to run rather than Sam Davies putting boot to ball.

It was a key moment, the ball was put along the line and then flanker Ben Fry picked up from a ruck and was isolated. The Scarlets went to the corner and the rest is history.

It’s easy to be wise after the event – and the Dragons have come a cropper in the past through being too negative when in the lead – but this was a time for getting back down the other end.

Even after the Evans score there were chances to strike back but the hosts lacked the composure and accuracy on a frustrating afternoon.

South Wales Argus: Scarlets lock Sam Lousi scored the opener and was a big influenceScarlets lock Sam Lousi scored the opener and was a big influence


The Dragons got a pre-match boost in Llanelli when Sam Lousi suffered a late injury and dropped out of the matchday squad.

The Tongan lock returned in Newport and was probably the difference between the sides after a huge display.

Lousi scored the opener, then provided the final pass for O’Brien’s first and was a constant menace throughout, both in the tight and around the pitch.

The 30-year-old and Sione Kalamafoni show the value of quality overseas recruits.


The Dragons suffered defeat against Gloucester because of their inability to defend the driving lineout and history repeated.

The Scarlets stretched clear thanks to that part of the game in the final quarter, exploiting poor defensive decisions by the hosts.

Scrum penalties led to the west Walians heading to the corner rather than pointing to the posts and they put the squeeze on against a Dragons side deprived of Will Rowlands.

The heat is on forwards coaches Mefin Davies and Luke Narraway because we know what is coming from Zebre in Parma next week.

The Italians recording a first win of the season would put the tin hat on a nightmare season that is yet to feature a success at Rodney Parade with just two more games to go on home soil.

The last time the Dragons won in Newport was against the Scarlets in the Rainbow Cup in April, 2021. The long-suffering supporters deserve that horror streak to be ended against Cardiff, or at least the Lions.