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Preview: Dragons v Glasgow Warriors

Charlie Bennett 8 Feb 2018

Glasgow Warriors visit Dragons looking to extend their 15-point lead at the top of Conference A as the Guinness PRO14 heats up as we approach the final third of the season.

However, they won’t have it all their own way at a Dragons side who will want to put more distance between them and Southern Kings at the bottom of Conference B.

What’s at stake?  Conference A leaders Glasgow will face a difficult challenge at Rodney Parade, with Bernard Jackman bringing about improved displays from his charges in recent weeks.

The Warriors will have to be on their game to avoid a potential upset and just their second loss of the season.

Team News (Dragons): Dragons welcome Wales internationals Hallam Amos, Tyler Morgan and Leon Brown back into the team, with Amos taking the 15 jersey.

No.8 Harrison Keddie takes over the captain’s armband with Cory Hill away on international duty with the Wales squad.

Team News (Glasgow): Glasgow are missing a number of Scotland internationals including Finn Russell and Jonny Gray, but welcome Ratu Tagive back from injury

Tagive replaces Niko Matawalu on the wing for his first start of the season after a pre-season Achilles injury.

Talking Points:  Dragons defence coach Hendre Marnitz said is buoyed by the return of Morgan, who he hopes can inspire a famous win.

“It’s always good to have your international players back,” he said.. We all know that Tyler Morgan is a special player with loads of X-factor.

“It’s good to have him back and the club to have a very competitive environment. Suddenly there are a lot of players competing for a couple of positions, which lifts training and the environment.

“Jarryd Sage and Connor Edwards did well against Worcester, Jack Dixon and Adam Warren were very good against Bordeaux-Begles and Sam Beard has had a couple of good games.”

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “We gave the boys ten days off after Exeter and they came back in enthused and looking sharp.

“Ratu has worked hard on his rehab and has played a bit of club footy the past few weeks. He’s a hell of an athlete and we’re excited to see how he goes.

“The Dragons are a strong side, especially at home and we’re going to have to play well across the board to get a result.”

Key Battle: Zane Kirchner vs Adam Hastings

In a battle of youth against experience at fly-half, Dragons’ Zane Kirchner will be looking to continue his progress after recently returning from a dislocated shoulder.

The 33-year-old Springbok will be expected to guide promising Wales under-20 scrum-half Sam Babos as Dragons eye the win.

Young fly-half Hastings will be eager to step up and prove himself in the absence of Warriors’ talisman Finn Russell.

Hastings has spent time training with the full Scotland squad this week and his partnership with half-back partner George Horne may prove crucial to Glasgow’s chances.

Key Stat: In 28 previous meetings in the Guinness PRO14, Glasgow and Dragons have each won 13 games and drawn twice.

Did you know? Glasgow have won all four encounters they have played against Welsh regions this season

Dragons: Hallam Amos, Adam Warren, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Jared Rosser, Zane Kirchner, Dan Babos; Sam Hobbs, Liam Belcher, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, Rynard Landman, Aaron Wainwright, James Benjamin, Harri Keddie

Replacements; Ellis Shipp, Gerard Ellis, Leon Brown, Henri Williams, Lennon Greggains, Sarel Pretorius, Gavin Henson, Jarryd Sage.

Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Nick Grigg, Brandon Thomson, Ratu Tagive, Adam Hastings, George Horne, Alex Allan, James Malcolm, Siua Halanukonuka, Rob Harley, Greg Peterson, Matt Fagerson, Chris Fusaro, Adam Ashe

Replacements: Grant Stewart, Oli Kebble, D’Arcy Rae, Kiran McDonald, Matt Smith, Henry Pyrgos, Paddy Kelly, Niko Matawalu

Match Officials: Referee: Andrew Brace

Assistant Referees: Nigel Correll, Dewi Phillips

TMO: Wayne Davies (WRU)

TV: Live on BBC2 Wales

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Dragons hold league-leaders Glasgow Warriors to draw

Charlie Talbot-Smith 9 Feb 2018
Hallam Amos, Newport Gwent Dragons

Glasgow Warriors extended their lead at the top of the Guinness PRO14 but only by two points as the Dragons held them all the way for their second draw at home this season.

An early try and another just before half time gave Dragons a hard-fought draw at Rodney Parade, as the Warriors were not clinical enough in attack to penetrate their defence in the second half.

Liam Belcher got the Dragons off to the perfect start, opening the scoring within two minutes.

The hooker found himself on the right touchline with a two-on-one after quick hands from the hosts, then dummied the pass and dived over for his second try of the season.

The visitors responded through a great chip over the defence by George Horne for Brandon Thompson to latch onto and open Warriors’ scoring.

Adam Hastings couldn’t wait for a tee for the conversion so went for the quick drop-kick, but the ball hit the post for the score to remain 5-5.

Glasgow edged ahead at the end of first quarter as Hastings made no mistake slotting a penalty from in front of the posts.

Nick Grigg then created space on the left with a powerful hand-off and offload to Horne, who took a great inside supporting line and cantered through for second try.

Hastings added the extras to put daylight between the teams after 25 minutes.

Zach Kirchner slotted a penalty in front of the posts just before half time to take the deficit to within a converted try, which Dragons managed to fit in before the break.

Hallam Amos made an incisive run through the middle and put a deft chip through to Jared Rosser racing through and, after a perfect bounce of the ball, the winger was in under the posts.

Kirchner then converted to level the score and end a pulsating first half.

The second half was much tighter and Adam Warren almost broke the deadlock after an hour by sneaking an interception on Glasgow’s 22 line, but lost his footing when he broke away and the chance was squandered.

Glasgow dominated the possession but couldn’t convert it into points as Dragons’ defence stepped up to the mark and kept out the league-leaders.

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