Newport Gwent Dragons 48-12 Nottingham

By Nick WebbBBC Sport Wales
Carl Meyer

Newport Gwent Dragons kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 48-12 win against English championship side Nottingham.

Dragons trailed 12-10 at the interval at their Ystrad Mynach training base.

Nottingham's Billy Robinson and skipper Paul Grant's tries came either side of one by Hugh Gustafson.

Nic Cudd, Phil Price and Nick Crosswell were followed to the line by Keagan Bale and Carl Meyer as Dragons ensured victory after the break.

Angus O'Brien landed five conversions and a penalty, while Jason Tovey kicked a first-half penalty and conversion.

Taulupe Faletau watches from the stands
Dragons' Wales start Taulupe Faletau watches from the stands as Dragons see off Nottingham

The Dragons used more than 30 players including five newcomers in the training run-out.

Wales wing Aled Brew played the second half after being out since last November with back trouble.

Nottingham, coached by ex England lock Martin Haag, fielded eight new recruits in their starting team.

Number eight Taulupe Faletau, the subject of transfer speculation after interest from Bath, was a spectator in the 1,330 crowd as he took time out from Wales World Cup training.

The Dragons have further friendlies against the Scarlets at Rodney Parade and at Cardiff Blues, before they kick off their Pro12 campaign at Connacht on 4 September.

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