Seven-try Dragons beat Scarlets


Dragons flanker Taine Basham was enjoying his first recreation since early January after recovering from a fractured forearm
Dragons (17) 52
Strive: Holmes 2, J Williams, Wainwright 2, Dyer, Owen Cons: S Davies 4 Pens: S Davies 3
Scarlets (22) 32
Strive: Rees, S Evans 2, Blacker, McNicholl Cons: Costelow 2 Pens: Costelow

Dragons claimed victory in an entertaining Pro14 Rainbow Cup recreation with a seven-try victory over Scarlets.

Two tries apiece from Wales pair Jonah Holmes and Aaron Wainwright and additional scores from Jordan Williams, Rio Dyer and Aneurin Owen sealed the win.

Fly-half Sam Davies added 17 factors for a house facet impressed by Wales again row Ross Moriarty.

Scarlets responded with a double from Steff Evans and tries from Iestyn Rees, Dane Blacker and Johnny McNicholl.

The 12 tries had been a sign that the encounter had extra of a pre-season really feel to it within the Newport sunshine than a Welsh derby in April.

They had been once more combine and match sides with Scarlets making 13 personnel modifications and Dragons seven alterations from the facet that misplaced European last-16 matches in early April.

Wales prop Rob Evans returned for Scarlets after 4 months out due to concussion and packed down alongside captain for-the-day Ryan Elias.

Hooker Taylor Davies, on mortgage from Scarlets, performed in opposition to his guardian membership.

The hosts began brightly with Holmes outflanking Wales centre Jonathan Davies to open the scoring. Scarlets responded instantly with a attempt from the kick-off as Steff Evans arrange debutant Iestyn Rees. Sam Costelow transformed.

Dragons restored the lead when Wales again rows Moriarty and Wainwright mixed in midfield to assist full-back Jordan Williams cross.

Wainwright scored Dragons’ third attempt after earlier dispossessing McNicholl, however Ryan Elias utilised the captain’s problem, one of many new trial legal guidelines being utilised in Rainbow Cup.

Elias’ assertion that McNicholl was tackled with out the ball was dismissed and Scarlets misplaced their problem with the attempt standing.

The guests once more immediately responded with a searing break from alternative Angus O’Brien with Dane Blacker establishing Steff Evans for the rating.

Blacker turned attempt scorer with a sniping opportunist break earlier than his go nearly allowed captain Elias to rampage over from 20 metres.

The attempt was disallowed for being ahead as Scarlets led 22-17 on the interval. Davies decreased the deficit with an early second-half penalty after a formidable Holmes break.

Dragons restored their benefit after Dyer claimed an Evan Lloyd chip earlier than exchanging passes with Jack Dixon to attain.

McNicholl’s overlaying deal with denied Dragons skipper Rhodri Williams a spectacular solo attempt earlier than centre Owen was arrange by Evan Lloyd for the house facet’s fifth attempt.

Scarlets introduced on Wales scrum-half Kieran Hardy after a two-month absence due to a hamstring downside.

The Dragons’ procession continued with Holmes gliding over for his second rating after breaking by way of a static Scarlets defence.

The guests managed their first attempt of the second-half when a well-worked transfer allowed Steff Evans to cross for his second rating.

McNicholl received his identify on the scoresheet after a high-quality opportunist effort with an instinctive intercept, however any hopes of a late revival had been halted by a remaining attempt from Wainwright and two late Sam Davies penalties.

Dragons: Jordan Williams; Jonah Holmes, Jared Rosser, Aneurin Owen, Rio Dyer; Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (capt); Greg Bateman, Taylor Davies, Chris Coleman, Ben Carter, Joe Maksymiw, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Josh Reynolds, Aaron Jarvis, Matthew Screech, Dan Baker, Dan Babos, Evan Lloyd, Jack Dixon.

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl; Tom Rogers, Tyler Morgan, Jonathan Davies, Steff Evans; Sam Costelow, Dane Blacker; Rob Evans, Ryan Elias (capt), Alex Jeffries, Jake Ball, Morgan Jones, Blade Thomson, Iestyn Rees, Uzair Cassiem.

Replacements: Dafydd Hughes, Steff Thomas, Werner Kruger, Lewis Rawlins, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien, Steff Hughes.

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

Assistant referees: Nigel Owens, Gareth Newman (each WRU)

TMO: Dan Jones (WRU)


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