Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nick Cudd try and four Jason Tovey penalties lift Newport to win over Treviso

Jason Tovey's four penalties helped Newport to victory
Jason Tovey's four penalties helped Newport to victory

Nick Cudd's converted try proved the difference as Newport Gwent Dragons claimed their second Guinness PRO12 win of the season by defeating Benetton Treviso 19-12.

The flanker crossed in the 25th minute with his try converted by fly-half Jason Tovey, who added four penalties at Rodney Parade.

The home side never trailed over the course of the contest, and while Jayden Hayward's four penalties kept Treviso in touch the Italian visitors were unable to cross the whitewash themselves and left with just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.

Newport's build-up to the game was overshadowed on Friday by chief executive Stuart Davies issuing a statement in which he said he was disappointed a possible transfer of star number eight Taulupe Faletau was "playing out in the public domain".

Faletau, who was a stand-out performer in Wales' brave World Cup campaign, has been linked with a move to Aviva Premiership club Bath.

The British and Irish Lion was not involved on Friday night as the Dragons put off-the-field matters to one side to take a second-minute lead through Tovey's 25-metre penalty.

Hayward replied soon afterwards to level matters but the first quarter turned into a turgid, mistake-ridden stand-off between the two sides.

The Dragons, however, regained the initiative with the only try of the match when an attacking line-out saw the home pack gather around Cudd and drive the flanker over for the score, with Tovey adding the extras.

Frustratingly for the home fans, the Dragons gained the initiative but their mistakes in the Treviso 22 robbed them of try-scoring chances.

Tovey kept the scoreboard ticking over with a second penalty after Treviso were caught offside at a ruck, while Hayward replied in kind five minutes before the break as the Dragons headed into half-time 13-6 in front.

Hayward booted another two penalties to one from Tovey within 10 minutes of the restart and suddenly the Italians were within a try of taking the lead.

However, the Dragons kept their noses in front as Tovey booted his fourth penalty to keep the advantage to seven points going into the final quarter.

Hayward had the chance to reduce the arrears when replacement hooker Rhys Buckley was sent to the sin-bin but missed a 30-metre shot at goal.

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