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London Welsh 14 Newport Gwent Dragons 42

03 Feb 2013
London Welsh 14 Newport Gwent Dragons 42

Newport Gwent Dragons fly-half Steffan Jones kicked 27 points as the Welsh region recorded their second win in this season’s LV= Cup with a low-key victory at London Welsh.

A dead-rubber match rarely set pulses racing with the score only made to look emphatic with three tries in the last ten minutes through Hallam Amos, Ieuan Jones and Jevon Groves.

London Welsh gave a debut to Argentina international centre Gonzalo Tiesi while Gavin Henson was named on the bench after recovering from a calf injury that had kept him out for three months.

The Dragons came close to taking an early lead when Jones’ penalty from just inside the opposition half came back off the right-hand post with distance never a problem.

Alex Davies also missed an early shot at goal for Welsh when his effort dropped short before Jones was again unsuccessful when he pushed his wide.

It was to be third time lucky for the Dragons fly-half, however, when he blasted the ball through the posts from the left wing after the hosts were penalised for offside in the 18th minute.

The lead did not last long, though, as Ryan Davis slotted a simple penalty to quickly level up matters before he gave his side the lead with another.

But again the score was quickly squared up when Jones kicked another penalty after an offside following a Davis knock-on.

After Davies sent a long-range kick wide, the hosts retook the lead with five minutes of the first half left when Davis knocked over three points in front of the posts.

Jones levelled the score again at 9-9 with another penalty early in the second half before the first try of the match finally arrived in the 53rd minute.

An attacking Welsh line-out following a penalty led to a driving maul forcing its way over the line with Ed Williamson emerging with the ball before Henson missed the conversion.

Jones soon reduced the Dragons’ deficit to two points with his fourth successful penalty with his fifth putting the visitors ahead just after the hour mark.

Having taken a while to get into his groove, Jones continued to punish the home side’s ill-discipline as he quickly widened the gap to four points.

The result was put beyond doubt with ten minutes left when Amos cut inside a couple of tacklers on the right wing to score with Jones inevitably adding the extras.

The Dragons then added a second try three minutes later when Ieuan Jones forced his way over following a quickly-taken penalty.

It had all fallen apart for London Welsh and they leaked another when Groves picked off Joe Ajuwa’s attempted off-load before Jones smacked over yet another penalty with the final kick.

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