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Gloucester Rugby secure 26-21 win over the Dragons in Newport

(c) Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby 

Gloucester Rugby beat the Dragons 26-21 meaning that they will now play Northampton Saints at Kingsholm in the Round of 16 next weekend. The exact date and time of the fixture will be confirmed by EPCR on Monday but you can get your tickets here.

What happened?

Santiago Socino scored a hat-trick in a hard-fought, comeback victory at Rodney Parade.

It was a tough game and the Dragons took a 21-12 lead at the break, leaving the Cherry and Whites with a lot of work to do in the second 40 minutes.

Santiago Socino opened the scoring with a try from the back of Gloucester Rugby’s maul and George Barton added the extras to make it a seven-point score.

The hosts hit back hard and scored two tries in quick succession through Taine Basham and Jared Rosser.

Louis Rees-Zammit looked like he had put us firmly back in the fight when the space opened up and the Welshman collected the ball from Seabrook to go over in the corner, but a late score from Harrison Keddie gave the Dragons a healthy lead at half time.

In the second half, Socino scored two in quick succession meaning the Cherry and Whites secured the victory in the European Challenge Cup.

Key moment – Socino hat-trick

Santiago Socino looked really comfortable at the back of the driving maul and went over for an impressive three tries.

The Argentine hooker has been in fine form this season and has now scored an impressive 40 points so far this season.

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby host Northampton Saints at Kingsholm in the Round of 16. The exact date and time of the fixture will be confirmed by EPCR on Monday but you can get your tickets here.

Highlights

Match statsTeam lineups
Dragons
40' S. Davies
40' H. Keddie
26' S. Davies
26' J. Rosser
21' S. Davies
21' T. Basham
Gloucester Rugby
69' B. Twelvetrees
67' S. Socino
61' B. Twelvetrees
60' S. Socino
37' G. Barton
37' L. Rees-Zammit
14' S. Socino