The Warriors hosted the Welsh team at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, while Connacht beat Benetton at the Galway Sportsgrounds, with both matches having been postponed due to COVID-19 from their original scheduling of a few weeks ago.
There wasn’t anything surprising about the Connacht win over the Italian team, with the Irishmen’s captain and No 8 Paul Boyle leading from the front with a hat-trick of tries as his side moves up to second place behind Munster in Conference B, but the game in Glasgow was nip and tuck the whole way.
The Dragons were playing to achieve their first successive away wins in eight years, while Glasgow desperately needed to extricate themselves from their position near the bottom of the Conference A standings.
As it turns out, the Dragons’ win means they leapfrog Warriors on the table, and move into fourth position, three log points ahead of the Scots. However, the Warriors have played two more games than the Dragons have, so their position is pretty parlous in comparison to their opponents.
The Warriors looked like they were going to get some relief after a difficult start to the season when Johnny Matthews scored a late try after the Warriors had fought back from a deficit.
The try brought the scores to 23-22 to the Dragons, meaning that a successful conversion would win it. The Warriors players thought the game was theirs before they were shocked to see Thomson’s conversion attempt bounce back off the post.
The former South African U20 star played for DHL Western Province and the Stormers before moving overseas in 2018.
Another former DHL Stormers player, Brok Harris (prop) scored a try in the second half for Dragons that for a while looked like it had the game wrapped up for the visitors before a late Warriors fightback.
Weekend Guinness PRO14 results:
Glasgow Warriors 22 Dragons 23
Connacht 31 Benetton 14