Two quick second-half tries saw Newport Gwent Dragons get their first win in this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup against rivals Scarlets, in a match which came to life in the second period.
Former Dragons player Jack Condy was shown a straight red card after the break, and the hosts made Scarlets pay as Nick Crosswell and Carl Meyer scored a quick double.
Sam Beard had put the Dragons ahead in the first half with the game’s opening try before Dafydd Hughes replied, but Condy’s red turned the game.
Harrison Keddie scored a late try for Scarlets but the deficit was too much to bridge and Beard scored his second late on to confirm a Dragons win.
Coming into the match, the Dragons were delighted to see Wales international Tyler Morgan back on the bench, while 20-year-old prop Leon Brown made his first start for the club.
But all eyes were on Scarlets flanker Condy, back at the club where his career began.
And his new team made a fast start as fly-half Daniel Jones kicked two early penalties to settle the away side’s nerves before Angus O’Brien responded for Newport.
Jones kicked another penalty but the Dragons scored the first try of the match just after the half-hour mark as Beard bundled over.
TRY!!! Harrison Keddie scores his first try for the Dragons, thanks to a lovely line break from Tyler Morgan!
— NewportGwentDragons (@dragonsrugby) November 18, 2016
The Scarlets regrouped quickly though and they led going into the break as hooker Hughes powered over from close range.
But shortly after the break Condy was given his marching orders for an off the ball incident, and the Dragons took full advantage as Crosswell scored in the corner before O’Brien converted to give them the lead.
The hosts kept the pressure on as winger Ashton Hewitt made a tremendous break into the Scarlets 22, and they recycled the ball neatly for full-back Meyer to score their third try.
But Scarlets refused to lie down and raced back up the other end minutes later as Morgan burst through and supplied debutante Keddie to score his first senior try.
Scarlets continued to push hard for a way back into the match but the Dragons controlled territory and possession in the latter stages and scored a last-minute try as Beard crossed for his second of the night.
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