Newport start Challenge Cup with big win

Newport Gwent Dragons opened their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a resounding 3-33 away victory over Cavalieri Prato on Saturday.

The Dragons secured a vital away bonus point as they beat Italian side I Cavalieri
Prato at the Stadio Lungobisenzio.

The Welsh region ran out comfortable winners, crossing for five tries.

Wings Aled Brew and Tonderai Chavhanga, lock Robert Sidoli, flanker Lewis Evans
and full back Martyn Thomas all touched down for tries against an Italian outfit
which had won its last four games in the Italian championship.

Fly-half Jason Tovey, who was named man of the match, produced another impressive
performance and slotted over four of his side’s five conversions to give the
Men of Gwent a perfect start to their Euro campaign.

Brew and Sidoli crossed for early tries but the home side made a decent fist
of things against the Welsh side in a tight first half which ended 3 v 14.

South African flyer Chavhanga, Evans and Thomas then all touched down ina much
more one-sided second periods.

Final Score Cavalieri Prato 3 (3) Newport-Gwent Dragons 33 (14)


Cavalieri Prato
Penalties: Wakarua

Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Brew, Sidoli, Chavhanga, Evans, Thomas
Conversions: Tovey 4

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)


I Cavalieri Prato: D Berryman; R Wakarua, D Majstorovic, A Chiesa [capt], B Ngwaini; R Bocchino, P Patelli; B Young, L Giovanchelli, T Ryan, F Cazzola, U Kolo’ofai, L Petillo, A Boscolo, R Nifo Tautua

Replacements: G Marino, A Lupetti, G Bernini, E Leonardi, M Frati, C Von Grumbkov, M Murgier, C Garfagnoli

Newport Gwent Dragons: M Thomas; T Chavhanga, A Hughes, A Smith [capt], A Brew; J Tovey, W Evans; N Williams, R Buckley, D Way, R Sidoli, S Morgan, D Lydiate, G Thomas, T Faletau

Replacements: L Burns, H Gustafson, N Buck, A Coombs, L Evans, J Bedford, L Robling, S Jones

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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