Challenge Cup: Sam Davies kicks Dragons to a 25-16 win over Worcester Warriors

Dragons were boosted by the return from injury of Wales forward Cory Hill, playing for the first time since February
Dragons were boosted by the return from injury of Wales forward Cory Hill, playing for the first time since February
European Challenge Cup
Dragons (13) 25
Try: Warren Cons: S Davies Pens: S Davies 6
Worcester Warriors (9) 16
Try: Howe Cons: Weir Pens: Weir 3

Dragons maintained top spot in Challenge Cup Pool One by defeating Worcester 25-16 at Rodney Parade.

Wales fly-half Sam Davies kicked 20 points, with six penalties and a conversion of centre Adam Warren's try.

Worcester outside-half Duncan Weir responded with 11 points while wing Tom Howe also crossed for a try.

Warriors finished the game with 14 men after replacement prop Ethan Waller was sent off late for a high tackle on Cory Hill.

In an ill-tempered match, there were first-half yellow cards for Worcester number eight Cornell Du Preez and Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt following a scuffle.

Dragons prop Brok Harris was also sin-binned in the second half for persistent scrummaging offences.

It proved a winning return for Wales lock Hill who was playing his first game in 10 months after being named at flanker.

His fellow international Elliot Dee celebrated his 100th regional appearance with victory.

Full-back Chris Pennell had been the only Worcester starting survivor from the team that defeated Dragons 34-28 last weekend.

Worcester failed to secure a losing bonus point as Dragons sealed a third win in four European matches with two group games remaining next month.

Dragons now travel to face Castres and host Enisei-STM in their final two matches in January. Third-placed Worcester will entertain Enisei-STM and Castres.

Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan told BBC Sport Wales:

"I'm just really pleased for the group and the fans, it's testament to 23 people working really hard, caring and showing effort.

"Aaron Jarvis and Richard Hibbard came on and got some crucial (scrum) penalties, but that comes off the foundation of Leon Brown and Elliot Dee, that was seeing us operate as a 23.

"For a squad as sparse as we are sometimes, sometimes we're hanging in there. Tonight with some of the boys back and Cory Hill doing an 80-minute shift, things like that make a huge difference."

Dragons: Talbot-Davies; Jenkins, Warren, Dixon, Hewitt; S Davies, R Williams (capt); Harris, Dee, Brown, J Davies, Screech, Hill, Griffiths, Wainwright.

Replacements: Hibbard, Reynolds, Jarvis, M Williams, Keddie, Baldwin, Botica, Morgan.

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Humphreys, Beck, Lance, Howe; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Annett (capt), Schonert, Bresler, Kitchener, Hill, Lewis, Du Preez.

Replacements: Miller, Waller, Palframan, Clegg, Van Velze, Heaney, Heward, David.

Referee: Ludovic Cayre (France)

Assistants: Julien Castaignede (France), Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy (France)