Published Friday, 06 September 2013
Dragons' Jason Tovey takes on Ulsters' Dan Tuohy (© Presseye)
Four penalties and a drop goal from fly-half Jason Tovey and a momentous rearguard action in the closing moments were the key points to the Dragons' victory.
Number eight Roger Wilson got an Ulster try in the first half while outside-half Paddy Jackson landed the solitary penalty for the Ulstermen.
It was a shock for the away side as Ulster were looking to get off to the same flying start in September that they had last season when one of their victims were the Dragons, thrashed 46-19 at Rodney Parade.
This season, the Welshmen were first to face last season's league runners-up before Ulster tackle games at home to Glasgow and Benetton Treviso, plus a visit to Connacht before the end of the month.
And such are the resources at Ravenhill that even without stars like Ruan Pienaar and British Lions Rory Best and Tommy Bowe in the side, head coach Mark Anscombe could still name a glittering array of seven Irish internationals and one South African in the starting XV with another three Irish caps on the bench.
However, there have been a lot of changes at Dragons over the summer with the arrivals of head coach Lyn Jones, assistant Kingsley Jones, the appointment of new chief executive Gareth Davies and a couple of players bringing renewed optimism that the perennial league basement dwellers could finish much further up the table this time.
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