Leinster fall short in their bid to reach the summit
NG Dragons 23-13 Leinster
Leinster missed the opportunity to go top of the Guinness Pro12 after they were beaten 23-13 at strugglers Newport Gwent Dragons.
Fly-half Jason Tovey scored 18 points as the Dragons secured a richly-deserved fourth league win of the campaign.
Tovey went through the card with a try, two penalties, a drop goal and two conversions, while wing Ashton Hewitt got their other try.
Leinster's Fergus McFadden booted two penalties and converted scrum-half Luke McGrath's try but the Irish side failed to leapfrog Scarlets at the top of the table.
The Welsh region went in 17-10 ahead after Hewitt, who had a storming opening period, put the Dragons ahead after he dashed past McFadden and prop Michael Bent to the line.
Tovey converted the try and McFadden soon reduced the arrears with a penalty before McGrath caught the home defence napping as Leinster had their first decent attack inside the home 22.
The Irishmen's scrum-half picked up 20 metres out and dived through a gap to go under the posts, making McFadden's conversion simple.
After several attacking line-outs and a yellow card for Leinster flanker Dan Leavy, the defence finally cracked as Tovey was put over by quick hands on the right from props Boris Stankovich, Brok Harris and finally a Rynard Landman overhead.
Tovey converted and added a 20-metre drop goal for their half-time advantage.
McFadden secured his second penalty of the night from 25 metres.
When Leinster put their hands in a ruck, Tovey booted his first penalty to restore the seven-point advantage.
The Irishmen were dealt a blow when McFadden was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Sarel Pretorius.
That sank Leinster and a final Tovey penalty denied Leo Cullen's side a losing bonus point.