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Match Report

Newport Gwent Dragons went straight to the top of the Rabo Direct Pro12 league with a great first half performance at Rondey Parade.

By Joe Crocker

Newport Gwent Dragons went straight to the top of the Rabo Direct Pro12 league with a great first half performance at Rondey Parade.

The league's new boys were left scratching their heads as Darren Edwards' team came out of the blocks flying with four bonus point first half tries.

It has been a long off-season and it was Zebre who had the first chance to get some points on the board but an early long-range penalty from their outside-half, Luciano Orquera, went just wide. This spurred the Dragons on and Tom Prydie opened the floodgate with his first competitive points for the Dragons with a penalty.

In a fast and frenzied six minutes the Dragons imposed themselves on the match when Andy Tuilagi scored after some excellent work when late scrum-half replacement, Jon Evans, and new signing at full-back, Dan Evans, worked well together to send the Samoan over the whitewash. Steffan Jones increased the Dragons' lead with a well taken drop goal before winger Will Harries raced through with a second try.

Orquera scored Zebra's first league points after 24 minutes with a penalty but then the rest of the first half belonged to two of the Dragons' impressive new Welsh signings as Dan Evans scored a brace of tries and the Tom Prydie kept up his 100% kicking record, interrupted only by Oqruera's second penalty.

HT Dragons 34 - Zebra 6

With the bonus point already in the bag and the usual raft of repalcements the second half failed to live up to the first with Zebra concentrating on a litle bit of damage limitation. If fact the only score of the second half came in the last 7 minutes when Prydie scored another penalty to take his game haul to 14 points.

FT Dragons 37 - Zebra 6

Man of the Match: Pat Leach (Newport Gwent Dragons)

T C D P Dragons V Zebre T C D P
Substituted Phil Price 1 Salvatore Perugini Substituted
Substituted (C) Steve Jones 2 Carlo Festuccia Substituted
Substituted Dan Way 3 Dave Ryan Substituted
Ian Nimmo 4 Emiliano Caffini Substituted
Substituted Andrew Coombs 5 Quintin Geldenhuys
Dan Lydiate 6 Nicola Cattina
Jevon Groves 7 Filippo Cristiano
Substituted Taulupe Faletau 8 Andries van Schalkwyk Substituted
Jonathan Evans 9 Tito Tebaldi Substituted
1 Substituted Steffan Jones 10 Luciano Orquera 2
4 2 Tom Prydie 11 Samuele Pace
1 Substituted Andy Tuilagi 12 Gonzalo Garcia (C) Substituted
Patrick Leach 13 Roberto Quartaroli
1 Will Harries 14 Giovanbattista Venditti
2 Dan Evans 15 Sinoti Sinoti Substituted
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Hugh Gustafson 16 Davide Giazzon Substitution
Substitution Nathan Williams 17 Andrea De Marchi Substitution
Substitution Nathan Buck 18 Luciano Leibson Substitution
Substitution Adam Jones 19 Filippo Cazzola Substitution
Substitution Tom Brown 20 Filippo Ferrarini Substitution
Liam Davies 21 Alberto Chillon Substitution
Substitution Lewis Robling 22 Alberto Chiesa Substitution
Substitution Ashley Smith 23 Ruggero Trevisan Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Zebre

 
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