Challenge Cup Pool 2: NG Dragons 40-24 Bordeaux-Begles

Dragons Toby Faletau
Dragons Toby Faletau

The Dragons earn a bonus-point win in the first of their back-to-back games against Bordeaux-Begles to go top in Pool 2 of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

The home side ran in five tries by Matthew Pewtner and Hallam Amos, Patrick Leach, Toby Faletau and Ashley Smith at Rodney Parade.

Fly-half Jason Tovey kicked a personal haul of 15 points with the boot.

Prop Jefferson Poirot and Jean Baptiste Mamotte crossed for tries for Bordeaux, who were also awarded a penalty try.

The Dragons, who welcomed back captain Andrew Coombs from injury, secured a vital victory to keep the pressure on unbeaten Bath, who play Italian part-times Rugby Mogliano on Saturday.

Bordeaux-Begles, who are currently 10th in France's Top 14, will host the Welsh side at home next weekend.


Dragons: Daniel Evans, Matthew Pewtner, Pat Leach, Ashley Smith, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Wayne Evans; Hugh Gustafson, Sam Parry, Dan Way, Andrew Coombs (c), Matthew Screech, Lewis Evans, Nic Cudd, Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Owen Evans, Nathan Buck, Rob Sidoli, Ieuan Jones, Richie Rees, Kris Burton, Ross Wardle.

Bordeaux-Begles: Joaquim Tuculet, Robert Lilomaiava, Charles Brousse, Thibault Lacroix, Rafael Carballo, Romain Lonca, Manu Saubusse, Jefferson Poirot, Benat Auzqui, Benjamin Sa, Cameron Treloar, Aliki Fakate, Gauthier Gibouin (c), Matthew Graham, Poutasi Luafutu.

Replacements: Jean-Charles Fidinde, Laurent Del Boulbes, Patrick Toetu, Adam Jaulhac, Jean-Blaise Lespinasse, Baptiste Serin, Gilem Queheille, Jean-Baptiste Lamotte.