Pro12: NG Dragons 30-24 Munster

Ross Wardle celebrates his winning try

Newport Gwent Dragons (19) 30

Jones, Wardle
Prydie (5)

Munster (5) 24

Butler, O'Mahony, CJ Stander Murphy
Keatley (2)

A late Ross Wardle try gave Newport Gwent Dragons a rare Pro12 win over a weakened Munster team at Rodney Parade.

The home side looked in complete control as a Steffan Jones try and Tom Prydie's boot opened a 22-5 advantage early in the second half.

Munster hit back with tries from Ronan O'Mahony, CJ Stander and Johne Murphy and two Ian Keatley conversions to lead by two points with eight minutes to go.

But Wardle saved the Dragons' blushes to dive over in the right corner.

With a Heineken Cup semi-final on the horizon, Munster made wholesale changes, starting with only three survivors from the team that lost at home to Leinster last Saturday.

After early visiting pressure, it was the Dragons, on a four-match losing streak, who took the lead in their first attack after 13 minutes as Prydie knocked over a simple penalty.

Two minutes later, the home defence was caught napping when Tonderai Chavhanga failed to deal with a cross-kick and Johne Murphy stole in to touch down at the corner.

Prydie's second penalty restored the home lead straightaway, and the scoring burst continued as Wardle and Lewis Robling combined to send Jones over. Prydie converted.

The Dragons full-back landed a third penalty on the half-hour mark as Paddy Butler was sin-binned for a ruck offence and Jones banged over a drop-goal in stoppage time to make it 19-5 at the interval.

Prydie's fourth penalty early after the break maintained the home side's dominance, but the Irishmen fought back to set up a tense finale.

A flashing move across the backs, involving Duncan Williams, Keatley and Murphy put O'Mahony in on the right.

A bulldozing try from Stander, converted by Keatley, closed the gap and Munster took the lead - and secured their four-try bonus point - when ex-Leicester wing Murphy went over.

Keatley's conversion put the young Munster side ahead but a surging run from Toby Faletau set up a try for Wardle as the Dragons restored their lead.

Prydie's fifth penalty wrapped up only a sixth league win of the season and gave Dan Lydiate a winning send-off on his final home appearance before his expected move to Racing Metro at the end of the season.


Dragons: Prydie; Pewtner, Wardle, Robling, Chavhanga; S. Jones, J. Evans; Coundley, Gustafson, Buck, Coombs, Sidoli, Lydiate, Cudd, Faletau.

Replacements: Tuilagi for Pewtner (63), W. Evans for S. Jones (64), O. Evans for Coundley (60), Parry for Gustafson (63), Ryan for Buck (79), A. Jones for Sidoli (73).

Not Used: Groves, I. Jones.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Owen Evans, Tim Ryan, Adam Jones, Jevon Groves, Ieuan Jones, Wayne Evans, Andy Tuilagi

Munster: Hurley; R. O'Mahony, Dineen, Hanrahan, J. Murphy; Keatley, Sheridan; Du Preez, Varley, Archer, D. Foley, B. Holland, D. O'Callaghan, Ronan, Butler.

Replacements: Barnes for Hanrahan (50), Williams for Sheridan (50), Horan for Du Preez (67), Henry for Varley (76), J. Ryan for Archer (58), Nagle for B. Holland (62), Stander for Butler (62).

Not Used: Bohane.

Referee: Claudio Blessano (FIR)

Assistant Referees: Neil Hennessy, Neil Perkins (both WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Denis Jones (WRU)

Att: 7,523

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