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Preview: Dragons look to double down as Connacht come to town

Avatar Joe Leavey 10 Oct 2019

The Dragons have got their away-day monkey off their backs and will be desperate to use last weekend’s moment of history to kick-start a run when Connacht come to Rodney Parade.

Dean Ryan’s side returned from Zebre with five points in the bag, an experience that they had not enjoyed for the four-and-a-half years prior, but the oft-overlooked Irish province will pose an altogether different threat than the Italians.

Winners of the competition back in 2016, the men in green responded to defeat at Scarlets in Round 1 with an emphatic triumph over Benetton last time out, and Andy Friend has opted for consistency when it comes to line-ups.

He makes only one change from the XV that started in Treviso, with Australian winger John Porch handed his first Guinness PRO14 start as he comes in for Stephen Fitzgerald.

For the Dragons, it is a similar story, with Ryan opting to make only three alterations to last weekend’s team, with Ashton Hewitt set to make his first Guinness PRO14 appearance at Rodney Parade since March 2018 after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Kick-off: Rodney Parade, Newport | 19:35 (UK), Friday 11 October

How to watch: Live on S4C, Premier Sports, DAZN and TG4

Players to watch out for: Owen Jenkins (Dragons) and Caolin Blade (Connacht)

The two man-of-the-match performers in their sides’ wins in Round 2, the Dragons and Connacht will no doubt look once again to Jenkins and Blade to deliver.

With two tries apiece, their finishing qualities are not in doubt, with the Welshman in particular keen to make an impact on his first start at Rodney Parade after joining up with the Dragons in the summer.

Key stat: The Welshmen’s most recent victory over an Irish province was in this equivalent fixture against Connacht at Rodney Parade two years ago.

Dragons: Jordan Williams, Owen Jenkins, Tyler Morgan, Adam Warren, Ashton Hewitt, Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (c), Brok Harris, Richard Hibbard, Leon Brown, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Huw Taylor, Taine Basham, Lewis Evans

Replacements: Ellis Shipp, Ryan Bevington, Lloyd Fairbrother, Max Williams, Harri Keddie, Tavis Knoyle, Jacob Botica, Jack Dixon

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, John Porch, Kyle Godwin, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade, Paddy McAllister, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Jarrad Butler (c), Paul Boyle

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Denis Buckley, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ultan Dillane, Cillian Gallagher, Kieran Marmion, Tom Farrell, Stephen Fitzgerald


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: Connacht tame Dragons for rare win in Wales

Avatar Tom Harle 11 Oct 2019

Dominance up front underpinned Connacht’s comprehensive victory over Dragons in the Guinness PRO14, their first triumph in Wales since February 2017.

Andy Friend’s side bullied the hosts with their pack to the fore, a rampant rolling maul yielding three tries and forming the backbone of their second successive bonus-point win.

Dragons started well but struggled badly in the second half. Their lineout fell to pieces and they remain without a win over an Irish province since beating Connacht two years ago.

Key Moments

The two sides were evenly matched in the early stages although Dragons came within a whisker of an opening score when Taine Basham tried to snipe home from five metres, coming up just short.

Sam Davies, on home debut, pulled his penalty wide after Eoghan Masterson was caught offside.

Dragons hit the front just before the half-hour mark. Morgan charged in on the angle, using Jordan Williams as a decoy and hitting the inside shoulder with intent, rumbling over from 20 metres.

Connacht pulled level seven minutes later when Gavin Thornbury gathered from a lineout and powered over the whitewash, Conor Fitzgerald adding the extras.

The visitors took advantage of a creaking Dragons lineout to take the lead, Fitzgerald’s sparkling miss pass playing Matt Healy into space who grubber kicked through and slid over.

Injury haunted the Irish province in the first half, both Tiernan O’Halloran and Healy carried off with knocks inside the first 35 minutes.

And Connacht were down to 14 moments before the interval when debutant John Porch was yellow-carded for bringing down Ashton Hewitt under a high ball.

But none of that stopped them pressing home their advantage after half-time, an eight-man shove barrelling Finlay Bealham to the try line, Fitzgerald again unerring from the tee to make it 24-7.

Connacht’s forward dominance continued throughout the second half and as they went in search of the bonus point Shane Delahunt looked to have scored but grounded the ball short of the line.

Another rolling maul saw Cillian Gallagher dot down, while replacement scrum-half Kieran Marmion ran in the fifth after sharp work on the dummy switch by Gallagher.

Connacht were reduced to 14 men after fisticuffs in the far corner and that allowed Dragons to end on a high, Jenkins offloading superbly for Basham to dive over.

Man of the Match

There were a few contenders, all in the green of Connacht. Their front row were outstanding – Tom McCartney was tigerish at the breakdown and powerful with ball in hand.

But it was Conor Fitzgerald who conducted the symphony from fly-half, kicking 13 points and pushing his pack into the right areas throughout.

Play of the Day

Sumptuous handling was in short supply at a sodden Rodney Parade.

That made Connacht’s second try all the more impressive – Fitzgerald’s raking miss pass took Owen Jenkins totally out of the game. Healy still had work to do and his grubber was perfectly judged.


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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