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Cardiff Blues rally to tame Newport Gwent Dragons

NG Dragons 20 - Cardiff Blues 21

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/12/2015

Spot on: Rhys Patchell slotted over a late winning penalty
Spot on: Rhys Patchell slotted over a late winning penalty

Full-back Rhys Patchell landed a dramatic last-gasp penalty to secure a derby victory for Cardiff Blues over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Patchell had landed two penalties and a conversion of a penalty try before, having missed a conversion of wing Tom James' late try, he booted a touchline three-pointer to seal a 21-20 victory.

The Dragons had been 17-6 up during the second-half after wing Ashton Hewitt scored a first-half try and fly-half Dorian Jones booted three penalties and a drop goal, with Jones' replacement Jason Tovey kicking a fourth penalty for his side.

The win sends the Blues above the Dragons into ninth place in the Guinness PRO12 table but it was the home side who got off to a flyer as Jones landed a cracking 28-metre drop goal.

Their control of the game continued until Dragons coach Lyn Jones made the strange decision of replacing his two best players - Jones and lock Rynard Landman - when 17-6 ahead in the second-half.

The Blues hit back when they drove a ruck to the home line only for it to be illegally pulled down.

Referee Ian Davies awarded a penalty try, that Patchell converted, and sent home number eight Lewis Evans to the sin-bin.

It set up a tense finale as Tovey put the Dragons seven points ahead only for a blistering unconverted try, set up by Dan Fish and scored by James, put the Blues within one goal of victory.

And, when the home side infringed at a ruck near the left touchline, Patchell completed the one-point triumph for the Blues.

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