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Monday, October 12, 2009

Robinson to the rescue as Gloucester beat the Newport Gwent Dragons

Gloucester Flyhalf Nicky Robinson came to the rescue for the Kingsholm faithful as he slotted a penalty six minutes from time to help them beat the Newport Gwent Dragons 19-17 in their Heineken Cup opener.

The Pool Two contest was closely contested with Robinson kicking 14 points in total, despite it looking like the Dragons were going to record their first Heineken Cup win against English opponents in 11 attempts.

First half tries were scored for the Welsh side by James Arlidge and Joe Bearman after Akapusi Qera had scored for Gloucester after a nice break from big England international Lesley Vainikolo.

The Dragons led 17-16 late in the game following a second half with no tries, but it was Welshman Robinson’s accurate kicking that made the difference as Gloucester took the lead following Luke Charteris being called offside.

Dragons boss Paul Turner felt his side had done enough and were in a good position at 14-7 up at half time.

"We had done the right things, but then we became too indisciplined and probably lost the territory battle. It was a missed chance. I am disappointed, but we didn't do enough and the indiscipline killed us.

"We got a point, but we missed three tonight. The positive is that we were able to come here and frighten the life out of them," he said.

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath was relieved and satisfied with the result.

"Our work-rate to get ourselves back in the game was pretty good. I have been very critical during the past two or three weeks, and there does come a time when you are beating the same drum.

"We dug in tonight, and we can take some credit for that. We have won our last two games without being pretty."

Time: 02:20



  • Robinson should be playing for Wales soon I'd think? Looks to be the real deal from what I've seen.

    Great step by Vainikolo too - did that last week too I think.

    By Anonymous JimmyJam, at October 12, 2009 4:37 pm  

  • Robinson was a great player last year, only way he will have a shout is if stephen jones is injured. plus then you have dan bigga, james hook.. solid player though!!

    And dragons should of won this match, they are looking pretty good this year. few good youngsters coming through to. jason tovey, ashley smith and wayne evans are class! plus i think joe bearman will be in the squad against the all blacks. again if he stays injury free.

    By Anonymous Abs7, at October 12, 2009 4:55 pm  

  • Bearman for wales!

    By Anonymous Brig, at October 12, 2009 4:57 pm  

  • how could i forget tom riley and dicky fussel.. good good players.. well done to the cherry and whites though.. good game!!

    By Anonymous Abs7, at October 12, 2009 4:59 pm  

  • poor defence from robinson for one of the tries. given that theres jones hook and if he continues possibly biggar there as well then robinson will have a tough time breaking in

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 12, 2009 5:10 pm  

  • Loved that little inside ball for Dragons 2nd try!

    By Anonymous Maximus, at October 12, 2009 8:56 pm  

  • Robinson is holding it together for glos this season. Big Les is starting to get it together. This is going to be a fairly tight pool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 12, 2009 10:26 pm  

  • Great game, gutted for the dragons though.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at October 12, 2009 10:58 pm  

  • anyone notice aled brews shoulder charge on vainikolo when he offloaded for the try. very similar to the one he was sin binned for on robinson when england played wales

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 13, 2009 4:21 pm  

  • "anyone notice aled brews shoulder charge on vainikolo when he offloaded for the try. very similar to the one he was sin binned for on robinson when england played wales"

    Yeah massive elbow there, lucky to get away with that. Great to see Vainikolo back in the game after spending so long on the sidelines. Would love to see him work his way into the England squad.

    By Blogger cp85, at October 13, 2009 4:58 pm  

  • Jimmyjam

    Vainikolo did a good step against Northampton allowing for Qera's try.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 13, 2009 5:00 pm  

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