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Dragons home in on another victory over below-par Sale.

Dragons ...........................20 Sale Sharks ....................... 9 THE Dragons extended their unbeaten home record to nine matches as they eased to victory over a below-par Sale side.

The Dragons, unbeaten at home since March, took an early lead through a converted try from fly-half and captain Shaun Connor, but his opposite number Charlie Hodgson kicked two penalties to narrow the gap to 7-6 at the break.

Connor and Hodgson exchanged further penalties after the break before scrum-half Danny Lee wriggled his way over for a try which clinched the win as replacement fly-half Adam Greendale added the conversion and a further penalty. The Dragons started in positive fashion. From a lineout, fly-half Connor capitalised on some poor defending to slice through and dot down under the posts for a converted try after just two minutes.

Paul Turner's side continued to be aggressive in their early defensive efforts, with lock Robert Sidoli producing a massive hit on Sharks' Luke Abraham, but they strayed offside to allow Hodgson to trim the gap with a penalty.

And Hodgson slotted his second penalty to close the gap to a point.

Connor kicked his second penalty to extend the Dragons lead to 10-6 shortly after the resumption, but Hodgson replied in kind.

But that score stung the hosts into life and after a period of sustained pressure scrum-half Lee snuck through a gap to cross. Replacement Greendale, on for Connor, added the extras.

And Greendale added a further penalty to seal the win.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 7, 2009
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