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Wasps 24-31 Dragons: Dean Ryan’s men end pre-season with promising win

The Dragons ended pre-season with an impressive victory over Wasps in Coventry.

Dean Ryan’s side trailed 24-14 at the hour mark, but the Welsh side finished strongly to end pre-season on a high ahead of the start of the season in a couple of weeks.

Naturally, pre-season isn’t always the best barometer – given the number of changes and the lack of stakes – but there’ll be plenty of positives for Ryan to take beyond the result alone.

The home side had started the match the livelier, taking the lead just before the end of the first quarter thanks to Josh Bassett’s finish out wide.

Wasps went down to 14 men minutes after, when Brad Shields took Dan Babos out in the air.

However, the card had little effect as they finished the sin-bin period ten minutes later with Bassett crossing for his second.

Right on the brink of half-time, the Dragons got on the scoreboard. Jack Dixon found space and after some great hands from Dixon, Ioan Davies and Babos, Aneurin Owen crossed the whitewash, with Sam Davies converting.

The Dragons started the second-half as they finished the first, with Jonah Holmes putting them ahead with a well-taken try from a training ground move.

However, Wasps wrestled back the lead with scores from Dan Robson and Will Porter.

From there though, all the scoring was done on the part of the Dragons.

First, Owen set up Holmes’ second try with a neat grubber to reduce the deficit.

And with just over ten minutes left, they took the lead again as prop Josh Reynolds showed his pace to finish after nice work from Davies.

With the final kick of the game, Davies kicked a penalty to add some extra gloss to the scoreboard and seal victory.

WASPS: Ali Crossdale; Marcus Watson, Malakai Fekitoa, Michael Le Bourgeois, Josh Bassett; Jacob Umaga, Dan Robson; Robin Hislop, Tom Cruse, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Vaea Fifita, Elliott Stooke, Brad Shields (c), Thomas Young, Tom Willis

Replacements: Dan Frost, Ben Harris, Biyi Alo, Tim Cardall, Ben Morris, Sam Wolstenholme, Jimmy Gopperth, Zach Kibirige, Elliot Millar-Mills, Mario Pichardie, Kieran Curran, Will Porter, Rob Miller, Will Simonds, Sam Spink, Matteo Minozzi, Luke Mehson

DRAGONS: Ioan Davies, Jonah Holmes, Jack Dixon, Aneurin Owen, Jordan Olowofela, Sam Davies (c), Dan Babos, Aki Seiuli, Ellis Shipp, Mesake Doge, Ben Carter, Will Rowlands, Aaron Wainwright, Taine Basham, Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: James Benjamin, Josh Reynolds, Chris Coleman, Joe Maksymiw, Huw Taylor, Ollie Griffiths, Ben Fry, Lewis Jones, Josh Lewis, Adam Warren, Evan Lloyd, Jordan Williams.

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