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Newport Gwent Dragons have booked their place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-finals for the second year running after a stunning win over holders Gloucester away from home at Kingsholm.

A late Charlie Davies try saw Newport Gwent Dragons touch down three minutes from time after Dorian Jones kicked 15 points in the Welsh side’s 21-23 win at the formidable home of Gloucester Rugby.

The Dragons now travel to top French side Montpellier in a fortnight’s time for a showcase European semi-final.

It is the second year in a row the Welsh club will feature in the last four of the Challenge Cup and they deserved the win after leading 12-11 at half-time thanks to the boot of Jones.

The fly-half handed Dragons an early lead with the first of four penalties but Gloucester swiftly recovered with the game’s first try.

Mark Atkinson twice broke through before Matt Kvesic’s off-load handed Morgan a clear run to the corner on 14 minutes. Laidlaw missed the conversion but traded kicks with Jones to lead 8-6.

Outside-half Jones briefly left the field after a head injury and scrum-half Sarel Pretorious was binned on 22 minutes for a dangerous tackle.

But it was Gloucester’s indiscipline that proved costly despite Laidlaw extending the lead to 11-6. Jones returned to the pitch but sliced a long-range effort and saw a second hit the post.

However Gloucester captain Laidlaw was binned for infringing at a ruck and successful kicks allowed Dragons to come from behind to lead at the break. Pretorious capitalised on the absence of opposite number Laidlaw and immediately put Dragons on the front foot.

Wales internationals Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan followed and Jones kicked a fifth penalty before Dragons full-back Carl Mayer landed a long-range kick on 55 minutes.

Dragons looked to have a stranglehold on the game until a fortunate break allowed Gloucester to level the scores on 64 minutes. James Hook lost control but the deflection bounced over the head of Pretorious and into the hands of McColl for an easy finish under the posts. Laidlaw converted to set up a tense final 16 minutes.

Jones scuffed a drop goal and when Laidlaw kicked a further penalty, Gloucester looked to be heading through. Dragons mounted a final surge and were rewarded for turning down the chance to take the game to extra time when they kicked a penalty into touch.

Trailing 21-18 with four minutes remaining, Dragons elected to go for a driving line-out instead of kicking a penalty to draw level and were rewarded with the winning try.

Matthew Screech took the lineout 5m out, Dragons added extra men to the drive before replacement scrum-half Davies scampered over. Jones missed the conversion from out wide but their defence held out for an impressive win.

Speaking after the game Dragons Head Coach Kingsley Jones who took charge for the game in the absence of Director of Rugby Lyn Jones who will off ill, said: “We talked about putting pressure on them; we managed the game well and managed to get on the right side of the referee.”

Try-scorer Charlie Davies said: “It was a big call from our skipper (Lewis Evans) but we came here to win and we didn’t want to settle for a draw.

“At first they defended the line-out well, even though we had put all our backs in. I then heard a call to go to the blind side and I used my size to get over.

“No-one backed us to win here but I’m elated to score the winning try and I’m very happy for the team as a whole.”