Dragons pip Aironi
February 26, 2012
An early penalty from Jason Tovey put the Dragons on course for a narrow victory
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Newport Gwent Dragons snatched a last-gasp 10-9 victory over Aironi with a 79th minute penalty try that was converted by replacement fly-half Lewis Robling.
A penalty from Jason Tovey had given the Dragons the lead but they could not profit from the 31st minute sin-binning of wing Matteo Pratichetti. Aironi drew level by the interval with a penalty from Naas Olivier after Dragons centre Andy Tuilagi had been shown a yellow card a minute before the interval.
The Italian side appeared on course for only their fourth win of the Rabodirect PRO12 as Olivier slotted to more penalties to put the Italian side 9-3 ahead after 63 minutes. But in a dramatic finale, Aironi had veteran Italian hooker Fabio Ongaro dispatched to the sin-bin with just two minutes remaining and the Dragons scrum took full advantage to earn the penalty try.
Robling, who had replaced Tovey at the interval, slotted the simple conversion to clinch a win which takes the Dragons into ninth place, above Edinburgh and Connacht.
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