Gavin Henson shines in first game back after lengthy injury layoff

Dragons v Enisei-EM - European Rugby Challenge Cup

Wales and Lions star Gavin Henson returned to action yesterday after a four-month stint on the sideline with a knee injury.

Dragons crushed their Romanian opponents Timisoara Saracens 59-3 in the European Challenge Cup, scoring nine tries with the bonus point coming just seconds after half-time.

Henson injured his knee in Dragons first Guinness Pro14 game of the season against Benetton and has not played since.

It took the Double Grand Slam winner mere minutes to show the Newport-based club exactly what they have been missing, with a sublime solo run to set-up for flanker Ben Fry to cruise over for five points between the posts.

The 36-year-old came on as a second-half replacement for centre Jack Dixon and needed just ten minutes to showcase his talents to the rugby world.

Henson collected the restart after a Jordan Williams’ try which put the home side up 45-3, he then sidestepped and sprinted through multiple Saracens defenders, before offloading to his teammate Fry to score the simplest of tries.

The Welsh talisman still appears to possess the electric pace and elusiveness that earned him two Grand Slams for his country in 2005 and 2008 and also a cap for the British and Irish Lions.

Dragons conclude their European campaign on January 18 at home to Clerment Auvergne but sadly will not qualify for the quarter-finals after a poor run of results in both the European Challenge Cup and PRO14.

Nevertheless, Henson will be a massive boost for a back-line that has struggled to score points throughout the season and could inspire a turnaround on what has been a bitterly disappointing campaign for Dragons thus far.

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