Llanelli Scarlets 22 Newport Gwent Dragons 12
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An impeccable kicking display from Stephen Jones helped Llanelli Scarlets to a 22-12 victory on his 300th appearance for the side.
Jones kicked five penalties and converted Rhys Thomas' try on the stroke of half-time as the Scarlets extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games, matching the record set in the 2002/03 season.
Jones was first on the board but the early lead was short-lived, with Jason Tovey responding from the tee.
Good hands released Dragons wing Aled Brew down the left hand touch, but a splendid cover-tackle from Gareth Maule prevented the first try of the evening.
Jones nudged Scarlets in front again on 18 minutes, and two minutes later his break down the centre of the field resulted in a Dragons infringement at the breakdown, which the fly-half duly punished to make it 9-3 to the home side.
Tovey again reduced the arrears and it looked like the Dragons would be going into the break within touching distance of their hosts until tight-head Thomas burrowed over from close range after new signing Viliami Iongi, on as a replacement for Maule, was hauled down just short of the line.
Tovey got the first points after the break with another penalty but the Dragons, who dominated possession, found themselves up against it when No.8 Tom Brown was yellow-carded for more ill-discipline at the breakdown.
Jones struck two penalties during that period to one from Steffan Jones, who was just short with a last-minute effort from halfway that, had it gone over, would have seen the Dragons leave with a losing bonus point.