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Dragons gain Connacht closure

Newport Gwent Dragons secured revenge over Irish region Connacht for an opening day Magners League thrashing in Galway this season by clinching a 17-16 victory at Rodney Parade.

It was an ugly win but home head coach Paul Turner saw his side earn a fifth triumph of the campaign which lifts the Welshmen above Glasgow Warriors into ninth spot.

Connacht had the initiative for a rare double before kick-off, having thrashed the Dragons 40-17 in September.

But, as Wales national coach Warren Gatland and his his assistants Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins watched from the stands ahead of their RBS 6 Nations Championships squad announcement later this month, it was vital for the Dragons to fire.

In a first half that had few sparks, the Welsh region led by just a single point as the teams went in at the interval.

Aled Brew, who played for Wales in November against Fiji, certainly did his best to catch Gatland's eye.

He scored the first of the Dragons' two touchdowns in the opening period and set up centre Tom Riley for the second.

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