Press Association Newport’s build-up to the game was overshadowed on Friday by chief executive Stuart Davies issuing a statement in which he said he was disappointed a possible transfer of star number eight Taulupe Faletau was “playing out in the public domain”. Faletau, who was a stand-out performer in Wales’ brave World Cup campaign, has been linked with a move to Aviva Premiership club Bath. The British and Irish Lion was not involved on Friday night as the Dragons put off-the-field matters to one side to take a second-minute lead through Tovey’s 25-metre penalty. Hayward replied soon afterwards to level matters but the first quarter turned into a turgid, mistake-ridden stand-off between the two sides. The Dragons, however, regained the initiative with the only try of the match when an attacking line-out saw the home pack gather around Cudd and drive the flanker over for the score, with Tovey adding the extras. Frustratingly for the home fans, the Dragons gained the initiative but their mistakes in the Treviso 22 robbed them of try-scoring chances. Tovey kept the scoreboard ticking over with a second penalty after Treviso were caught offside at a ruck, while Hayward replied in kind five minutes before the break as the Dragons headed into half-time 13-6 in front. Hayward booted another two penalties to one from Tovey within 10 minutes of the restart and suddenly the Italians were within a try of taking the lead. However, the Dragons kept their noses in front as Tovey booted his fourth penalty to keep the advantage to seven points going into the final quarter. Hayward had the chance to reduce the arrears when replacement hooker Rhys Buckley was sent to the sin-bin but missed a 30-metre shot at goal. The flanker crossed in the 25th minute with his try converted by fly-half Jason Tovey, who added four penalties at Rodney Parade. The home side never trailed over the course of the contest, and while Jayden Hayward’s four penalties kept Treviso in touch the Italian visitors were unable to cross the whitewash themselves and left with just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts. Nick Cudd’s converted try proved the difference as Newport Gwent Dragons claimed their second Guinness PRO12 win of the season by defeating Benetton Treviso 19-12.
It was another successful weekend for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team, as they clinched their seventh victory this season in the HotelRED tournament.The Badgers opened their doors to Lipscomb and Texas A&M Thursday, with three days of play allowing for each team to play each other at least once in the schedule. As the hosts, the Badgers took the first game Thursday night against Lipscomb.Wisconsin volleyball dominates at K-State invitationalThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team remains undefeated, moving to a 5-0 record off a very successful tournament at Read…UW’s success Thursday night can largely be attributed to Tionna Williams, who set several personal records after an outstanding performance. Williams tallied 11 blocks and 10 kills, earning her first career double-double.The Badgers managed to pull away from Lipscomb early in the first set, and that momentum allowed for an equally successful second set. It was in the third set that Lipscomb managed to fight back, keeping the game close in scoring between the two teams, but Wisconsin eventually managed to silence the Bison.Friday night was a night off for the Badger, as both visiting teams took on one another at the Fieldhouse. Texas A&M walked away Friday night with a win, defeating the Bison three sets to one.Volleyball: Team remains strong despite losing best players from previous yearThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team had been a dream team in the Big Ten, but when four key seniors Read…Saturday night’s final matchup pitted the Aggies and the Badgers against each other. Even though the Badgers were a little rusty from their day off, they still managed to outplay the Aggies from the beginning.Fans were also in for a surprise when Lauryn Gillis came back on the court to play with her teammates. Gillis has been out for a majority of this young season, still recovering from an ankle injury she acquired from last yearWhile Gillis might have only played a fraction of the game, it was a great look into just how dominant this team could be when they are all playing. Gillis and her fellow Badgers earned yet another three-set sweep, their seventh of the season. Wisconsin has performed outstandingly well this non-conference season, with the Badgers never giving a single set to any of their opponents. With as much success as they’ve had during non-conference play, good things are sure to come to the Badgers once they begin Big Ten play.The Badgers will wrap up their final non-conference game of the regular season next weekend when they host the Badger Classic tournament at the UW Fieldhouse. Wisconsin will welcome Marquette and Southern Mississippi to Madison in what is sure to be an exciting weekend tournament.