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Gloucester wrap up Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign with win over Newport Gwent Dragons

Gloucester completed their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign for another season with a comfortable victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Kingsholm.

Tries by prop Cameron Orr, centre Henry Trinder and replacement scrum-half Ben Vellacott enabled t he home side to come from behind and take the points in this dead rubber, with f ly-half Lloyd Evans adding nine points from three conversions and a penalty.

Matthew Screech crossed the whitewash twice for the Welsh region - but the visitors went down 24-13.

The first period was dull, with Gloucester having the bulk of the territory and possession but failing to convert it into points.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys had a clear game plan to try out tactics with his young team by refusing kickable penalties - but mistakes when in the danger zone and some decent Dragons defence left the Cherry and Whites scoreless.

Livewire flanker Dan Thomas was the pick of the home bunch, and he nearly grabbed a try when he pounced on a loose ball in his own half and was heading for the line - only to be bundled into touch within sight of scoring by some outstanding cover defence.

The Welsh region's best attack of the half saw Jones dash from halfway to the 22, needing just one supporting player to pass to continue the move - but nobody was there to help.

Eventually, Tom Prydie landed a penalty to get the visitors on the board but Gloucester replied with interest moments before half-time as an attacking lineout led to a maul 10 metres from the Dragons' line - and the Welsh region's pack had no answer to a rolling maul that saw young New Zealander Orr touch down under a heap of bodies.

Evans added the extras from the touchline and it took Gloucester just six minutes after the break to go 11 points up as they put together a good move inside the Dragons 22, setting up a couple of drives to within centimetres of the line.

The Dragons were stretched and, when captain Callum Braley fed Trinder, it was simple for the centre to dot the ball down, with Evans kicking another conversion.

Evans' first penalty of the match from 30 metres stretched Gloucester's advantage further - but, as Gloucester seemed to ease off the pedal, the Dragons found their feet and gave the home side plenty of food for thought.

Screech went over from an attacking lineout and the Welsh region threatened to add another touchdown and close the gap.

Yet any thoughts of a comeback were quashed when the Cherry and Whites attacked close to the Dragons line, and - from a quick tap penalty - Vellacott sneaked over for a converted try.

Full-back Carl Meyer launched a kick down the right touchline, and Screech grabbed his second touchdown - but it was only a consolation.


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