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In a Celtic League season that has continued to keep fans on the edge of their seat, this was another example the high octane rugby whose only consistency is surprise.
Smart money would have been on Mike Ruddock’s Dragons continuing their fine form that has seen them move up to second spot in the division, but in fact the Dragons missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Celtic League as Neath-Swansea Ospreys ran in three tries at St Helen’s.
Nathan Bonner-Evans helped himself to a brace, while Gavin Henson kicked 11 points as the Ospreys recorded their third win in four matches following a run of 10 defeats.
But they were made to work hard for the victory, having to come back from an 11-8 deficit at half-time.
The Dragons made their intentions known after just two minutes when Percy Montgomery opened the scoring with a penalty after the Ospreys had gone offside following breaks by Peter Sidoli and Bobby Skinstad – in his full debut.
On five minutes, Henson levelled with a penalty which he kicked from 40 metres against the win.
The Dragons enjoyed a full 10 minutes of pressure in the home side’s 22, but Montgomery and Craig Warlow both missed drop-goal attempts.
The on their first visit to the Dragons danger area just before the half-hour, the Ospreys scored a try. Flanker Steve Tandy broke from a line-out and Bonner-Evans was on hand to collect the ball and cross.
But the home side’s relief was short-lived, as within six minutes the score had been levelled at 8-8 when Dragons wing Ben Breeze went over on the left.
And before the break, Montgomery planted his second penalty to give the Dragons an 11-8 advantage at half-time.
The Ospreys gradually got their act together after the restart.
First Bonner-Evans claimed his second try from a forward rumble at a line-out and that was followed when Henson drilled a 50-metre penalty over.
The Dragons refused to lie down, though, and Montgomery brought the score to 16-14 with his third penalty.
But the Ospreys rallied in the final minutes, with Henson kicking a third penalty and Dave Tiueti going under the posts for the third try.