Friendly: Dragons 38-24 Russia

Rhodri Davies of Dragons races away to score
Rhodri Davies scored one of Dragons' six tries against Russia
Friendly: Dragons v Russia
Dragons (17) 38
Tries: Smith, Lawrence, Fry, R Davies, Dixon, Howells Cons: Lewis 3, Lloyd
Russia (10) 24
Tries: Ilin 2, Sychev Cons: Gaisin 3 Pen: Gaisin

Dragons edged out Lyn Jones' Russia side 38-24 in a closely-fought match which provided nine tries at Bedwas.

The Dragons led from the 15th minute but were pushed hard until Dafydd Howells' fine late score.

Deon Smith, Rhys Lawrence, Ben Fry, Rhodri Davies, and captain Jack Dixon also crossed with Josh Lewis converting three and Evan Lloyd one.

Lyn Jones
Former Wales international Lyn Jones had also coached Ospreys and London Welsh

Alexander Ilin (2) and Anton Sychev scored Russian tries with Ramil Gaisin adding nine points.

Both sides fielded much-changed line-ups with Jones making 13 changes from a win over Namibia for only his second match in charge, while his former employers also gave their youngsters a chance.

Meanwhile Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt, who was forced to drop out of Wales' summer tour through injury, has undergone more shoulder surgery which will keep him out for several months.

Dragons assistant coach Ian Evans told BBC Sport Wales:

"It was a bit of a mixture, first half we were pretty good with territory and in the second half we were a bit lucky, but all in all pretty positive.

"Ben Fry really excelled for a youngster, Ryan Bevington and Aaron Jarvis showed their experience and Daf Howells showed glimpses of what he can do, getting his hands on the ball with that try.

"Lyn Jones is a quality coach, Russia are a well-drilled team and they're only going to get better the more time they spend together and play good quality opposition."

Russia coach Lyn Jones told BBC Sport Wales:

"A game of that competition level is a hundred times better than six training sessions, we learned so much and it was a real challenge for the players.

"Technically we knew we'd struggle in the front five, so it proved and that was the difference but we showed enterprise and fight, we're delighted.

"A lot of these guys have never played for Russia before, they were nervous coming on but we've got to start somewhere and the game was invaluable."

Dragons: Carwyn Penny, Dafydd Howells, Tom Hoppe, Jack Dixon (c), Deon Smith, Josh Lewis, Rhodri Davies; Ryan Bevington, Rhys Lawrence, Aaron Jarvis, Joe Davies, Rynard Landman, Huw Taylor, Ben Fry, James Benjamin

Replacements: Gerard Ellis, Ellis Shipp, Chris Coleman, James Thomas, Lennon Greggains, Dan Babos, Evan Lloyd, Llew Smith

Russia: German Godlyuk, Nikita Churashov, Mikhail Babaev, Sergei Trishin, Daniil Potikhanov, Ramil Gaisin, Vasily Dorofeev; Sergei Sekisov, Evgeny Matveev (capt), Evgeny Pronenko, Alexei Panasenko, Alexander Ilin, Anton Sychev, Roman Khodin, Vitaly Zhivatov.

Replacements: Leonid Kalinin, Andrei Polivalov, Anton Drozdov, Evgeny Elgin, Nikita Vavilin, Timur Ismailov, Vladimir Ostroushko, Vasily Artemyev.

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