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Dragons end four year wait

Jared Rosser scores the opening try

The struggling Dragons ended a four-year wait for a derby win over the Ospreys with a 23-22 triumph at Rodney Parade on Sunday.

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Dragons fans had not celebrated a victory over their rivals since Boxing Day 2014, but will head into 2019 on a high after Jason Tovey settled a tense encounter with a penalty six minutes from time.

Sam Davies had a chance to deny the Dragons a first win under caretaker coach Ceri Jones – who stepped in following Bernard Jackman’s departure this month – but was off target from the tee right at the end.

Jared Rosser scored the only try of the first half with a brilliant solo effort and the home side led 13-6 at the break, with Josh Lewis booting eight points.

Elliot Dee’s converted try gave the Dragons an 11-point lead, but Justin Tipuric went over and Davies took his tally with the boot to 17 points to put the Ospreys in front.

Tovey held his nerve to win it late on, though, with Davies unable to deny the Dragons only a fourth Pro14 win of the season, which moves them six points ahead of bottom side Southern Kings in Conference B.

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B.J. Spratt 4 hours ago
Jono Gibbes' reaction to France U20s putting 55 points on New Zealand

N.Z. Under 20'‘s concede 7 tries to France Unfortunately New Zealand Rugby has lost over 25% + of players between 12-18 over the last 3-5 years, possibly more. Poor administration and a Shocking Public Perception about the NZRFU has finally caught up with these dinosaurs. 66% of N.Z. Population lives North of Hamilton and 52% of Auckland population are Asian, who would rather play football. Rugby is dying while other Sports are growing. The rules need to change around the collision/tackle but personally I think the absolute “Arrogance and Stupidity” that the NZRFU has demonstrated over the decades, “with their jobs for the boys attitude” has led to their demise. A Professional Players Union that can somehow “Disassociate itself from the “Old men with bad breath and dandruff” that is the NZRFU, will be a huge challenge. Personally I think it’s far too late to recover and rejuvenate interest in Rugby by young players. Rugby is booming in France and that’s the difference. A booming Professional domestic League. NZRFU are “Not fit for purpose” and have no idea about commercial reality My kids generation would rather their kids don’t play Rugby. Very aware of CTE and the NZRFU arrogance and stupidity, in denying its existence. Finally, the NZRFU have managed to cover up ”Numerous serious crimes over the decades, committed by players, coaches and administrators simply because the tentacles of their “Power and Influence” have reached all sectors of New Zealand Society, including the Judiciary, Politicians, Police and Big business. Denying CTE even exists is a “no brainer for them”

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