Charvis gets Dragons off to a winning start

Wales hero Colin Charvis came off the bench in the opening EDF Energy Cup clash to help the Dragons beat Newcastle Falcons by 25 points to 14.

With Jonny Wilkinson undergoing surgery earlier in the day Rory Clegg took the reigns at flyhalf while Former rugby league winger Danny Williams made his debut for Newcastle.

Charvis who now assists with the Dragons coaching came on in the second half and his work on the ground lifted his team and he had a hand in Tom Isaacs try.

Both teams opted to rest their stars and Newcastle had made 12 changes from the team that lost earlier in the week to Gloucester.

Speaking after the match Charvis told the BBC that he was happy with his performance but that he is still not convinced about his coaching role.

“There’s still a bit of life in me yet, I enjoyed every minute of it, it was just good to get on the pitch with the guys.

“We were always on the edge of taking control, but it just took that turnover and try to get us into our way of playing and we were fortunate to get another win, we’re very happy with it.

“I’m a better player than coach, we’ll see where it goes from here.

Final Score Newport Gwent Dragons 25 Newcastle 14


Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Stcherbina, Isaacs, Tovey
Conversions: Tovey (2)
Penalties: Tovey (2)

Tries: Penalty try, Phillips
Cons: Clegg (2)


Dragons: 15 Phillip Dollman, 14 Tal Selley, 13 Rhodri Gomer Davies, 12 Marc Stcherbina (c), 11 Gareth Wyatt, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Robert Lewis, 8 Lewis Evans, 7 Jamie Ringer, 6 Danny Lydiate, 5 Adam Jones, 4 Andrew Hall, 3 Anthony Lott, 2 Steve Jones, 1 Hugh Gustafson.
Replacements: 16 Lloyd Burns, 17 Adam Black, 18 Alex Murphy, 19 Adam Brown, 20 Colin Charvis, 21 Thomas Isaacs, 22 Shaun Connor.

Newcastle : 15 Steve Jones, 14 Ollie Phillips, 13 Tom Dillon, 12 Spencer Davey, 11 Danny Williams, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Micky Young, 8 Russell Winter, 7 Will Welch, 6 Ross Beattie, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Sean Tomes, 3 Micky Ward, 2 Rob Vickers, 1 Jon Golding.
Replacements: 16 Andy Long, 17 Joe McDonnell, 18 Andy Perry, 19 Ed Williamson, 20 Hall Charlton, 21 Tom May, 22 Tim Visser.

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