PRO12 RUGBY: Dragons see off Connacht

Connacht's Jack Carty
Connacht's Jack Carty

Newport Gwent Dragons secured only their third win in all competitions this season as they survived a second-half comeback from PRO12 champions Connacht to claim a 21-16 victory at Rodney Parade.

It was a first league win for the Welsh region in six attempts, while Connacht went home with a losing bonus point for their efforts.

Wing Ashton Hewitt scored both of the Dragons’ tries while outside-half Angus O’Brien kicked 11 points via a penalty, two drop goals and a conversion.

Fly-half Jack Carty booted three Connacht penalties and converted their only try through wing Niyi Adeolokun.

The highlight of an average first half was Hewitt’s electrifying touchdown that has to be in contention for the try of the season.

It came 13 minutes into the match when scrum-half Sarel Pretorious found a gap on the right and surged over the halfway line.

Connacht hardly came close to the home try line in the first half and posed little threat in attack and we be gutted with their showing.