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Newport Gwent Dragons 20 London Wasps 8

16 Nov 2013
Newport Gwent Dragons 20 London Wasps 8

Ashton Hewitt scored a superb debut try as Newport Gwent Dragons got their LV= Cup campaign up and running by seeing off London Wasps 20-8 at Rodney Parade.

Hewitt added to Matthew Pewtner’s first-half try and ten points from Rhys Jones’ boot to put last weekend’s defeat by the Scarlets behind them.

Neil Cochrane had scored the game’s first try for the visitors but one Joe Carlisle penalty proved to their only other points.

Jones put the hosts on the board with a penalty after two minutes but Carlisle soon notched three points of his own, as Wasps dominated the early scrum.

The Wasps pack continued to force their hosts onto the back foot but the Welsh side began to increase in influence and they re-took the lead after 20 minutes, when Jones sent a second penalty between the posts.

Dragons looked sharper in possession but the visitors were still imposing themselves in the scrum, winning another kickable penalty on the half-hour mark and showing intent by kicking for the corner.

And the decision paid off, as a strong drive saw Wasps bundle over the line for hooker Cochrane to touch down, but it was not converted.

The hosts struck back almost immediately, when James Benjamin and new signing Cory Hill combined shortly after the restart to send Pewtner in down the right flank, and Jones converted from the touchline.

Pewtner produced a dangerous break shortly before half-time and offloaded to Jonathan Evans but the Wasps defence held firm to end the half 13-8 down.

Jones took on a long-rage penalty shortly after the restart but it dropped short, before his namesake Steffan broke the Wasps line only to be denied by a last-ditch Tommy Bell tackle.

The visitors introduced some experience before the hour mark, in the form of Joe Simpson and Andy Goode, and began to apply added pressure on the Dragons.

After kicking for the corner twice in quick succession they opted for a scrum on the third penalty but referee Steve Lee awarded the hosts a penalty and they cleared their lines.

They were soon down to 14 men, as replacement Kearnan Myall was sin-binned for tackling Hill in the air, before Goode sent his first kick at goal narrowly wide.

And Hewitt brought a previously scoreless second half to life nine minutes from time, handing off two defenders to race over the line and seal the win, before Jones converted.

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