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Preview: Dragons and Zebre looking to kickstart climb in Conference A

Avatar Charlie Talbot-Smith 29 Nov 2019

The Dragons are the only Guinness PRO14 team with two wins from two in the Challenge Cup, and they have the chance to improve their domestic record at home to Zebre.

The Dragons ended their long wait for an away win with a thumping success in Parma earlier this season, but Zebre were much-improved in a one-point loss to Stade Français last time out.

Hooker Richard Hibbard will captain a Dragons side that shows eight changes from the side that defeated Enisei-STM in Europe last week.

Former Wales international Hibbard is joined by recalled prop Brok Harris up front, as they pack down with Lloyd Fairbrother.

Lock Joe Davies is back to partner Matthew Screech in the second row while Harrison Keddie makes his comeback at No.8 and Huw Taylor is recalled in the six jersey.

The final change is a return for wing Owen Jenkins, Will Talbot-Davies moves to full-back with Jordan Williams missing the game through injury.

Back row Taine Basham – who has scored six tries in eight games this season – takes the seven spot after spending the week in the Wales international set-up.

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There will be four changes in the Zebre starting XV.

In the pack, young star Danilo Fischetti and internationals Luca Bigi and Renato Giammarioli return, while Marcello Violi continues at scrum-half.

Johan Meyer returns after his two-week suspension as a result of the red card against Glasgow Warriors.

Kick off: Rodney Parade, Newport | KO 17.15 (UK) / 18:15 (ITA) | Saturday 30 November

How to watch: Live on Premier Sports 2, eir sport 1, S4C, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: With some of their Wales internationals absent, Dean Ryan will be calling on his Dragons youngsters to kick on from the success in Russia last weekend, with Will Talbot-Davies one of the standout performers. He gets his chyance at full-back while in-form flanker Taine Basham is back from a week with Wales. In the Zebre back three keep an eye out for two English flyers in Charlie Walker and Jamie Elliott.

Key stat: The Dragons have won their last two games against Zebre and all six meetings between the sides at Rodney Parade.

Dragons: Will Talbot-Davies, Dafydd Howells, Adam Warren, Jack Dixon, Owen Jenkins, Arwel Robson, Tavis Knoyle; Brok Harris, Richard Hibbard (c), Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Huw Taylor, Taine Basham, Harrison Keddie

Replacements: Ellis Shipp, Josh Reynolds, Aaron Jarvis, Max Williams, Ben Fry, Rhodri Williams, Jacob Botica, Tyler Morgan

Zebre: Edoardo Padovani, Charlie Walker, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, James Elliott, Carlo Canna, Marcello Violi; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Giosue Zilocchi, Mick Kearney, Ian Nagle, Maxime Mbanda, Giovanni Licata, Renato Giammarioli

Replacements: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea Lovotti, Eduardo Bello, David Sisi, Johan Meyer, Joshua Renton, Michelangelo Biondelli, Pierre Bruno

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

 

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Report: Zebre get off the mark against Dragons

Avatar Andy Baber 30 Nov 2019

Zebre ran in five tries against Dragons as the Italians ended their 20-game winless run and secured their first Guinness PRO14 victory of the season at Rodney Parade.

Jamie Elliott, Edoardo Padovani, Tommaso Boni, Charlie Walker and Maxime Mbanda all crossed for the visitors to give them their first Championship win since October 2018.

Carlo Canna also added 12 points from the tee for a rare triumph in Wales, where they last tasted victory at Arms Park against Cardiff Blues back in September 2013.

Harri Keddie and Taine Basham did touch down for Dragons in either half but the host were second best as they failed to follow up their back-to-back Challenge Cup wins.

Key moments

The Italians made a bright start and after pinning the Dragons inside their own half, Mbanda burst forward and Canna nudged a grubber through for winger Elliott to cross.

Canna stepped up to extend Zebre’s lead to 7-0 after ten minutes but it did not take long for Dragons to find a response after a scrum penalty gave them valuable territory.

Arwel Robson found touch 30m out and following a well-worked lineout, a superb carry and offload from Jack Dixon set up Keddie to race over the whitewash.

Robson converted to level the scores and briefly ease Dragons’ nerves, only for Keddie to be penalised just before the half-hour mark to give Zebre a three-point chance.

Canna made no mistake with the penalty and the fly-half came close to extending Zebre’s advantage five minutes later with a drop goal attempt, which did not find the target.

He was successful with his third penalty attempt on 32 minutes after Dragons were penalised for offside and Zebre went into the half-time interval with a 13-7 lead.

Zebre remained on the front foot after the restart, scoring their second try on 43 minutes. Elliott turned provider this time as Padovani finished off a move that included 11 phases.

Another Canna conversion made it 20-7 to Zebre and it got even worse for Dragons on 50 minutes when Boni put the finishing touches to a lovely flowing move from the Italians.

And following Canna’s third conversion, the result was put beyond doubt with ten minutes to go when Walker went over in the corner following a long pass from the fly-half.

With the bonus-point already in the bag for Zebre, Dragons did manage to cut the gap with their second try – Basham crossing after a Zebre kick was charged down.

But there would be no denying Zebre’s first win in 2019 and Mbanda put the icing on the cake in the 76th minute, going over for the visitors’ fifth try, converted by Michelangelo Biondelli.

Man of the match

Everything that was good from Zebre went through Carlo Canna, who was the deserved man of the match after orchestrating a famous victory for the Italians in Wales.

Canna also kept the scoreboard ticking over with a couple of penalties and added three conversions to keep Dragons at arm’s length in what was a sterling solo showing.

Play of the day

Zebre showed plenty of attacking invention throughout against Dragons, no more so than with their magnificent third try scored by Tommaso Boni after a beautiful build-up.

The try featured some lovely offloads and excellent hands from the Zebre backline before finding Boni, who did the rest to ensure there would be no Dragons comeback.

A mention should also go to the Italian visitors’ first score, which featured a rampaging Mbanda break and clever dink through from Canna to set up Elliott for the opening try.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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