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Tovey stars as Warriors stutter at home

Guinness PRO12 Editor 22 Nov 2013

Full-back Jason Tovey stole the show as Newport Gwent Dragons inflicted only a second RaboDirect PRO12 defeat of the season on Glasgow Warriors with a resounding 23-8 win.

Tovey kicked two penalties and a drop goal as well as two conversions – one to his own try and one for Will Harries’ score – as Dragons made no issue of key players being absent.

They even had three players sent to the bin, but still overpowered their opponents, who only managed to add points through a Nikola Matawalu try and Henry Pyrgos penalty.

With four defeats in four against Scottish opposition, the Dragons would have been hoping to get off to a good start, but it did not go according to plan with Pat Leach seeing yellow for a tip tackle inside the first minute.

And the home side made the man advantage tell immediately as Stuart Hogg, back in the team after six weeks out, drew the Dragons defence out to leave Matawalu to stroll in for a 5-0 lead, Pyrgos missing the conversion.

However the Dragons hit back and took the lead as Tovey found his range with two quickfire penalties before Leach returned to the fold for the Warriors on 11 minutes.

Pyrgos was finding it hard to find his range from the tee, with the scrum-half seeing his 21st minute penalty bounce back off the upright and into the safety of Dragons hands.

And it was the visitors who extended their lead just past the half-hour mark as Matawalu spilled the ball trying to clear a long kick just metres in front of his own line, allowing Tovey to nip in for the try and subsequent conversion.

Glasgow reduced the arrears to five points shortly after the break, with Pyrgos notching his first score of the night from a penalty after the Dragons were penalised at the line out.

Tovey attempted to extend his side’s lead with a drop goal on 52 minutes but it drifted off target before the Dragons found themselves down to 14 for the second time in the match when Matthew Pewtner was sin-binned.

But as was the case in the first half, the visitors again defied the man advantage when Tovey chipped over the top into the corner for Harries to claim the try, the former adding the conversion for 20-8.

Natani Talei then joined Pewtner in the bin on 59 minutes for a deliberate block and despite the home side attacking, the Dragons appeared to hold firm.

The Warriors did have an opportunity to reduce the arrears but Stuart Hogg missed from the kicking tee on 66 minutes.

And with the Dragons back to their full compliment of players they again looked to attack with Tovey’s drop goal on 76 minutes extending the Dragons lead to 23-8 for the final action of the night.

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