Glasgow Warriors and Newport Gwent Dragons fought out a thrilling basement battle in Pool 2 on Friday night, with the home side running in 29-25 winners.
With both sides out of contention for a quarter-final berth, their only hope of continuing their European season beyond next weekend came with the slim chance of Amlin Cup quarter-final qualification.
The home side scored two tries in a blistering first three minutes and looked to have secured an insurmountable lead thanks to the scores from Rob Dewey (1min) and John Beattie (3 mins).
Ruaridh Jackson slotted one of the conversions to help his side to a lead of 12 points before the visitors had settled.
But the Dragons were not to be defeated so easily. Robert Sidoli’s fifth minute try gave them a much-needed confidence boost and Paul Turners’ team kept within reach throughout the match.
Jackson punished indiscretions with three penalty goals, with his half back partner Colin Gregor added a fourth and it was goal kicking proved to be the difference as both sides scored. three tries
The home side managed to hang on, but their inability to secure to a bonus point means they will not play European rugby in April. Similarly, the Dragons – who had such high hopes of success this season, will play their final game of the campaign next weekend against Gloucester.