There will be three Italian sides in the Heineken cup for the first time in the tournament’s history next season after Rugby Parma pulled off a sensational victory at Rodney Parade.

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 15 OVERMACH PARMA 24

There will be three Italian sides in the Heineken cup for the first time in the tournament’s history next season after Rugby Parma pulled off a sensational victory at Rodney Parade.

The Italians, who finished third in their domestic championship, had to battle back from a 15-13 interval deficit before coming out on top.

Magnificently orchestrated by their veteran international outside-half Francesco Mazzariol, Rugby Parma ran in two long range tries, the latter from their American Eagles full-back Paul Emerrick clinching their success in the 87th minute.

The Dragons used their driving lineout to good effect to overcome a fifth minute Mazzariol penalty that opened the scoring and loose head prop Adam Black came up with two vital tries.

The second of those scores came when the visitors were down to 14 men, with tight head prop Fabio Staibano in the sin bin, but Rugby Parma hit back almost immediately with a 60 metre dash from back row man Liviu Pascu for a try at the posts with Mazzariol converted.

The outside half then gave his side the lead with his second penalty before a brilliant burst by Nathan Brew paved the way for Gareth Chapman to ease the Dragons ahead 15-13 on the stroke half time.

The Rugby Parma pack stood up to the home eight in all phases and the tigerish defense of the visitors caused increasing frustration for the home fans.

Mazzariol missed with two penalty attempts to regain the lead before hitting the mark again after 50 minutes to put his side ahead once again.

It was a lead they were never to relinquish despite constant pressure for the Dragons.

Video ref Geoff Warren ruled out a Black hat-trick after another close range charge from the home pack and the only scoring from there on in came from the visitors.

Center Ezio Galon hammered home a 35m drop goal and that Emerrick try at the death rounded off a famous night for Italian Rugby.

Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries A Black 2, G Chapman

Rugby Param
Tries L Pascu, P Emerrick
Con F Mazzariol
Pens F Mazzariol 3
DG — E Galon

Newport Gwent Dragons
Gareth Wyatt, Gareth Chapman, Hal Luscombe, (Aled Thomas 83). Ceri Sweeney, Nathan Brew, Craig Warlow, Gareth Baber, Adam Black, Andrew Brown, Rhys Thomas (Gethin Robinson 49), Ian Gough, Luke Charteris, Rhys Oakley, Jamie Ringer, Michael Owen (c)

Overmach Rugby Parma   P Emerrick M Neethling E Galon A Tuipulotu (A Chillon 43); N Mazzucato F Mazzariol; J Pellicena © M Barbieri, S Bussato (B Masetti 73), F Staibano, A Giacon, L Tait, (F Gumiero 76) R Barbieri, L Pascu, M Vosawai (M Colletti 20-30) 

Yellow Card F Staibano, 18

Ref D.Pearson (Eng)

Heineken Man-of-the-match Francesco Mazzariol.