Connacht 14 Newport Gwent Dragons 11

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons succumbed to a last-minute Dan Parks drop goal as Connacht secured only their second RaboDirect PRO12 win of the season.

The Gwent region had gone to Galway full of hope and led 8-3 at half-time thanks to a Dan Evans try and a Jason Tovey penalty.

They were ahead 11-6 with six minutes to go but the Irish province’s Fionn Carr’s try brought the sides equal before Park’s late winning kick deprived them of a draw.

The Dragons had to make to with just a losing bonus point ahead of their big derby with Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade on Boxing Day.

Connacht scorers: Try – Fionn Carr, Penalties – Dan Parks (2), Drop goal – Parks

Dragons scorers: Try – Dan Evans, Penalties – Jason Tovey (2)

Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU)

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7:23pm Sat 21 Dec 13

keithbob says...

same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!!
same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!! keithbob
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Sat 21 Dec 13

foxy3rd says...

Missed yet another chancCe to steal a march on Cardiff . Only Connachtss second win and off course it had to be the Dragons. Close the game down stop kicking the ball away . It's not rocket science.
Missed yet another chancCe to steal a march on Cardiff . Only Connachtss second win and off course it had to be the Dragons. Close the game down stop kicking the ball away . It's not rocket science. foxy3rd
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Sat 21 Dec 13

phantom14 says...

Dont think we have improved if we had we would be winning that type of game.
Dont think we have improved if we had we would be winning that type of game. phantom14
  • Score: 1

11:36am Sun 22 Dec 13

silurix says...

Half way through the season now, so compare with last season:

1. Points diff is still positive. Ended up -200+ last season.
2. Bonus points = 4. Only got 4 all last season.
3. Points = 20 Only got 28 all last season.
4. Still mid-table Finished 2nd bottom last season

Not brilliant I know , but its looking a lot better than last year.
These guys are a work in progress. If they can finish mid-table
they will have done well.
Half way through the season now, so compare with last season: 1. Points diff is still positive. Ended up -200+ last season. 2. Bonus points = 4. Only got 4 all last season. 3. Points = 20 Only got 28 all last season. 4. Still mid-table Finished 2nd bottom last season Not brilliant I know , but its looking a lot better than last year. These guys are a work in progress. If they can finish mid-table they will have done well. silurix
  • Score: 11

12:18pm Sun 22 Dec 13

mep says...

keithbob wrote:
same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!!
As long as they can't compete upfront the pressure will result in yellow cards.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!![/p][/quote]As long as they can't compete upfront the pressure will result in yellow cards. mep
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Sun 22 Dec 13

mep says...

keithbob wrote:
same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!!
Until they address their front five problem and be able to compete they will continue to concede yellow cards due to the pressure they are continually under.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!![/p][/quote]Until they address their front five problem and be able to compete they will continue to concede yellow cards due to the pressure they are continually under. mep
  • Score: 8

5:42pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Euwan Usami says...

mep wrote:
keithbob wrote:
same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!!
Until they address their front five problem and be able to compete they will continue to concede yellow cards due to the pressure they are continually under.
Yeah, true. I followed the game online and the pack struggled again.

Has to be said it's still a big improvement on last season. The fact we are bemoaning losing tight matches tells you that.
[quote][p][bold]mep[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: same old dragons ,no discipline,when are they going to learn to hold out for a win and how many yellow cards in a season,we have to have the worst record!![/p][/quote]Until they address their front five problem and be able to compete they will continue to concede yellow cards due to the pressure they are continually under.[/p][/quote]Yeah, true. I followed the game online and the pack struggled again. Has to be said it's still a big improvement on last season. The fact we are bemoaning losing tight matches tells you that. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

East Newport Dave says...

We need big, hardened forwards from somewhere and I don't know where we will get them from.
We need big, hardened forwards from somewhere and I don't know where we will get them from. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 4

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