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Kingsley Jones delighted as Dragons end away hoodoo

Published 09/04/2016

Kingsley Jones saw an overdue away win for Newport Gwent Dragons
Kingsley Jones saw an overdue away win for Newport Gwent Dragons

Kingsley Jones was delighted after Newport Gwent Dragons picked up only their second away of the season, as holders Gloucester were sent tumbling out of the European Challenge Cup.

A try from replacement Charlie Davies four minutes from time proved crucial, with five penalties from fly-half Dorian Jones and one from full-back Carl Meyer completing a 23-21 win for Dragons.

Coach Jones said: "By winning away, we've got the monkey off our backs.

"We talked about putting pressure on them as they are on a bad run. We managed the game well and managed to get on the right side of the referee."

Trailing 21-18 with four minutes remaining, Dragons elected to go for a driving line-out instead of kicking a penalty to draw level and were rewarded with the winning try.

Try-scorer Davies said: "It was a big call from our skipper (Lewis Evans) but we came here to win and we didn't want to settle for a draw.

"At first they defended the line-out well, even though we had put all our backs in. I then heard a call to go to the blind side and I used my size to get over.

"No-one backed us to win here but I'm elated to score the winning try and I'm very happy for the team as a whole."

Ben Morgan and Stevie McColl scored tries for Gloucester, with skipper Greig Laidlaw kicking three penalties and a conversion, but it was not enough to secure victory as their miserable season continues.

It was their fifth consecutive loss, which virtually guarantees there will be no European Cup Rugby at Kingsholm next season.

Gloucester wing Rob Cook said: "It was not good enough and that's our season gone. We knew what the Dragons would bring but we lost the game ourselves as we made stupid mistakes."

Captain Laidlaw agreed: "We were slack and second best in most things. There was a lack of precision from us and they really grew in confidence. We need to look at ourselves and dust ourselves down."

Gloucester's director of rugby David Humphreys was also unhappy with his side's performance.

"We've got to be better than that as we made a really good start but we then made numerous big mistakes and were very ill-disciplined," he said.

"After the pressure of four consecutive defeats, we did well to get it back to 18-18 but big mistakes again crept in.

"We know we are better than that and it comes down to personal pride. We have three games of our season left, two at home, and need to finish strongly."

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