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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Great try for Aled Brew as the Dragons outclass Ulster

Great try for Aled Brew as the Dragons outclass Ulster

The Magners League kicked off this weekend, and earlier today we saw Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons get their season off to a great start with a 23-6 win over a disappointing Ulster side at Rodney Parade.

The Dragons scored three tries with Aled Brew, Richard Fussell and Ashley Smith all crossing the line, with Jason Tovey kicking a solitary conversion, and James Arlidge slotting two penalties.

Ian Humphreys replied for Ulster with all they could manage, two penalties.

After a slow start, the game livened up with a great try, finished off by Brew, but made with a superb backline move as Fussell flew in off his wing before giving it to Tom Riley, who then offloaded to his big winger.

Interestingly, there was controversy in the scrum department as Italian referee Carlo Damasco sent off both Dragons loose-head pro Ali McKenzie, and Ulster tight-head BJ Botha following the front rows going down repeatedly.

It was an easy win in the end for the Dragons, which means that they now top the table after round 1 of the competition.


Time: 01:23

Posted at 7:01 pm | 19 comments

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ArranR September 06, 2009 6:15 pm

That was a pretty sexy try, well played :D

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WelshOsprey September 06, 2009 6:16 pm

Class player, he plays his best stuff at the dragons where he gets regular game time.
Is he still on loan from the ospreys though?
Also Richard fussell is a hell of a player.

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Confuddled September 06, 2009 6:29 pm

I hope this comment is high enough up for people to bother reading it. Can anyone tell me all the new rules coming into force this season. Thanks

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Feargal September 06, 2009 6:39 pm

Ulster were poor as hell. Amazing the difference Bestand Ferris make.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 7:22 pm

Great example of dummy running, very nicely done.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 7:46 pm

I spot 2 forward passes in that move.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 8:29 pm

'Anonymous said...
I spot 2 forward passes in that move'

Wrong, quote a common misconception too. The momentum of the ball has to be going backwards. The speed of the move gives the illusion of maybe a forward pass, look how Brew has to reach behind him to collect the ball.

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tom h September 06, 2009 8:55 pm

there was a forward pass in midfield.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 9:51 pm

I saw no forward passes.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 10:48 pm

whats the story with that guy being pushed in the opening seconds of the clip ?

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Rodders4life September 07, 2009 1:09 am

Dragons played some great stuff all match, hopefully we'll keep it up all season. Fussell definately deserves a callup to the welsh squad. Hes VERY underrated.

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sobered September 07, 2009 4:45 am

the inside pass to the centre looked a tad foward there..but could be the camera angle i guess.

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Obed September 07, 2009 11:34 am

I did also spot at least one forward pass.... tsk tsk

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 1:31 pm

Good try, well rehearsed move and definitley no forward passes. It might appear so due to the speed of the move, grab your coaching manuals and check the definition of a forward pass.

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tom h September 07, 2009 6:46 pm

the inside pass from the forward to the left wing in the middle of the pitch was definitely a forward pass.

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 7:09 pm

No protest from Ulster, no mention of it by the commentary, no mention in the post game punditry. No elemebt of forward momentum in the actual pass (which is what counts).

Learn the rules.

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tom h September 07, 2009 7:25 pm

your a Dragons fan then...?

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 8:20 pm

You're*

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tom h September 07, 2009 9:15 pm

also an English teacher...:-)

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