Dragons rue Rosser’s late ef­fort ruled out by TMO

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro14 - By ST­EF­FAN THOMAS

JARED Rosser helped him­self to a hat-trick of first-half tries, and then had a po­ten­tial match win­ning fourth ruled out at the death, as the Dragons fell to an­other ag­o­nis­ing de­feat in Italy.

An 80th minute penalty kicked them to a 29-27 de­feat in Tre­viso seven days ear­lier and this time it was a 71st minute try and con­ver­sion from Carlo Canna that cost them vic­tory in L’Aquilla.

But head coach Bernard Jack­man was full of praise for the way his young squad had stood up to the de­mands of two games on the road in Italy and is ready to throw the kitchen sink at the Scar­lets in Judge­ment Day.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing to lose the last two games, but I still think we have made mas­sive progress,” said Jack­man.

“We’ve had 18-year-olds get­ting a taste of things, to try to ac­cel­er­ate their progress, but next sea­son they will have to earn their places.”

With Hallam Amos and An­gus O’Brien away with the Wales Sev­ens, Tyler Mor­gan and Jack Dixon in­jured and Gavin Hen­son also unavail­able, the back divi­sion has had to be patched up, but the pro­gres­sion made by Rosser, Conor Ed­wards in the cen­tre and Ar­wel Rob­son at fly-half has been hugely en­cour­ag­ing.

Re­sults have been poor, but there is po­ten­tial of the fu­ture.

It took just six min­utes for No.9 Mar­cello Vi­oli to get Ze­bre off the mark with their first try. Canna con­verted, but by the break the Dragons were 26-10 ahead.

Rosser ran in three tries and scrum-half Char­lie Davies scored an­other to make it 21 unan­swered points. The first score af­ter the in­ter­val was go­ing to be vi­tal and Ze­bre got it through a Tom­maso Castello try.

Canna’s con­ver­sion cut the gap to nine points, but Rob­son kicked a penalty to steady the nerves.

How­ever when hooker Tom­maso D’Apice pow­ered over for an­other home try, closely fol­lowed by an­other from flanker Jo­han Meyer the gap was down to two points.

Canna then crashed over from two me­tres to level the scores, with the con­ver­sion a for­mal­ity. Dragons looked to have sal­vaged the win in the dy­ing min­utes through Rosser, but ref­eree George Clancy dis­al­lowed the try af­ter con­sult­ing the TMO.

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