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Dragons hopes dented by defeat

Newport Gwent Dragons' European hopes took a knock as they slipped to a 45-27 defeat to Benetton Treviso.

Mat Berquist kicked 20 points and Ludovico Nitoglia, Luke McLean, Michele Campagnaro, Manoa Vosawai and Matteo Muccignat scored tries for the Italian side in this RaboDirect PRO12 contest.

Matthew Screech, Ross Wardle and Cory Hill crossed for the Dragons, who also had two Jason Tovey penalties to show for their efforts.

The visitors, given hope of European action next season following this week's agreement, started with promise and led 6-3 through two Tovey penalties, either side a Berquist effort.

However, Nitoglia crossed and three more successful penalties gave the hosts a 19-6 interval advantage.

Two tries early in the second half, from McLean and Campagnaro, strengthened the home side's position.

Although Screech crossed for the Dragons, Vosawai's try ruled out realistic hopes of victory.

Wardle and Hill went over again for Lyn Jones' side as the game neared its conclusion - but in between Muccignat touched down to keep the Dragons at arm's length.

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