Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Dragons rating seven tries in 52-32 win over Scarlets

Dragons flanker Taine Basham was participating in his first sport since early January after getting larger from a fractured forearm
Dragons (17) 52
Try: Holmes 2, J Williams, Wainwright 2, Dyer, Owen Cons: S Davies 4 Pens: S Davies 3
Scarlets (22) 32
Try: Rees, S Evans 2, Blacker, McNicholl Cons: Costelow 2 Pens: Costelow

Dragons claimed victory in an fascinating Pro14 Rainbow Cup sport with a seven-strive victory over Scarlets.

Two tries apiece from Wales pair Jonah Holmes and Aaron Wainwright and extra rankings from Jordan Williams, Rio Dyer and Aneurin Owen sealed the take dangle of.

Inch-half Sam Davies added 17 sides for a dwelling side impressed by Wales assist row Ross Moriarty.

Scarlets spoke again with a double from Steff Evans and tries from Iestyn Rees, Dane Blacker and Johnny McNicholl.

The 12 tries have been a connect that the uncover had extra of a pre-season really feel to it throughout the Newport sunshine than a Welsh derby in April.

They have been every other time combine’n’match sides with Scarlets making 13 personnel adjustments and Dragons seven alterations from the side that misplaced European final-16 fits in early April.

Wales prop Delay Evans returned for Scarlets after 4 months out due to concussion and packed down alongside captain for-the-day Ryan Elias.

Hooker Taylor Davies, on mortgage from Scarlets, performed towards his mum or dad membership.

The hosts began brightly with Holmes outflanking Wales centre Jonathan Davies to start the scoring. Scarlets spoke again with out prolong with a attempt from the kick-off as Steff Evans internet web page up debutant Iestyn Rees. Sam Costelow transformed.

Dragons restored the lead when Wales assist rows Moriarty and Wainwright blended in midfield to assist full-help Jordan Williams heinous.

Wainwright scored Dragons’ third attempt after earlier dispossessing McNicholl, however Ryan Elias utilised the captain’s narrate, one among the modern trial approved tips being utilised in Rainbow Cup.

Elias’ assertion that McNicholl was tackled with out the ball was dismissed and Scarlets misplaced their narrate with the attempt standing.

The visitors every other time with out prolong spoke again with a searing atomize from substitute Angus O’Brien with Dane Blacker establishing Steff Evans for the rating.

Blacker grew to modified into attempt scorer with a sniping opportunist atomize forward of his cross almost allowed captain Elias to rampage over from 20 metres.

The attempt was disallowed for being ahead as Scarlets led 22-17 on the interval. Davies lowered the deficit with an early 2nd-half penalty after a convincing Holmes atomize.

Dragons restored their revenue after Dyer claimed an Evan Lloyd chip forward of exchanging passes with Jack Dixon to rating.

McNicholl’s overlaying mannequin out denied Dragons skipper Rhodri Williams a spectacular solo attempt forward of centre Owen was internet web page up by Evan Lloyd for the dwelling side’s fifth attempt.

Scarlets caused Wales scrum-half Kieran Hardy after a two-month absence due to a hamstring narrate.

The Dragons’ procession continued with Holmes gliding over for his 2nd rating after breaking through a static Scarlets defence.

The visitors managed their first attempt of the 2nd-half when a properly-labored switch allowed Steff Evans to heinous for his 2nd rating.

McNicholl obtained his title on the scoresheet after a sleek opportunist effort with an instinctive intercept, however any hopes of a gradual revival have been halted by a remaining attempt from Wainwright and two gradual Sam Davies penalties.

Dragons: Jordan Williams; Jonah Holmes, Jared Rosser, Aneurin Owen, Rio Dyer; Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (capt); Greg Bateman, Taylor Davies, Chris Coleman, Ben Carter, Joe Maksymiw, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Josh Reynolds, Aaron Jarvis, Matthew Sigh, Dan Baker, Dan Babos, Evan Lloyd, Jack Dixon.

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl; Tom Rogers, Tyler Morgan, Jonathan Davies, Steff Evans; Sam Costelow, Dane Blacker; Delay Evans, Ryan Elias (capt), Alex Jeffries, Jake Ball, Morgan Jones, Blade Thomson, Iestyn Rees, Uzair Cassiem.

Replacements: Dafydd Hughes, Steff Thomas, Werner Kruger, Lewis Rawlins, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien, Steff Hughes.

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

Assistant referees: Nigel Owens, Gareth Newman (each WRU)

TMO: Dan Jones (WRU)

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