Dragons prove too hot for Cardiff as they claim points at Arms Park

Dragon's Tom Prydie
Dragon's Tom Prydie

Newport Gwent Dragons claimed just their second away win over Cardiff since the inception of regional rugby at a packed Arms Park.

Two tries from line-out drives brought them their fourth victory on the trot in all competitions, although a final quarter rally did earn the hosts a losing bonus point after a 23-17 defeat.

In the end, it was the place kicking of 13-point Dragons full-back Tom Prydie that proved the difference between the sides in a rip-roaring Boxing Day derby.

After a very physical opening in driving rain, it was Newport who put the first points on the board with Prydie landing a penalty from halfway.

Skipper Rynard Landman and then executed a well-worked line-out drive which motored over the whitewash with the impressive Dee gleefully touching down.

Prydie landed the conversion from wide out and a further penalty to stretch the visitors’ lead ahead of Davies finding his range with the last kick of the half to make it 13-3 at the break.

The Dragons secured a second try from a driving line-out. Prydie adding the conversion. The hosts then scored through Jarrad Hoeata.Then 10 minutes from time Tavis Knoyle stretched over for a second converted try and Prydie added the extras.