Joy Neville made yet another piece of history on Saturday evening, becoming the first woman to referee a Pro14 game on Welsh soil.

The Limerick official, who won a Grand Slam with Ireland in 2013, was named World Rugby Referee of the Year last November and has consistently knocked down barriers on her way to the top.

In December, she became the first woman to referee a European professional club fixture when taking charge of the Challenge Cup meeting of Bordeaux-Bègles and Enisei-STM.

And back in February, Neville broke her Pro14 duck in the clash between Ulster and Southern Kings at Kingspan Stadium.

She was in charge at Rodney Parade yesterday as Bernard Jackman's Dragons earned  a much-needed victory. They climbed off the bottom of Conference B with a dogged 16-5 win over Italian outfit Zebre.

Fly-half Arwel Robson scored a try and penalty, while wing Dafydd Howells also crossed for the hosts. Zebre wing Mattia Bellini touched down for the visitors as the Dragons went into the break 13-5 up.

A single second-half score, a penalty from full-back Jordan Williams, saw the Welsh region home to add to their win early in the month against South Africa's Southern Kings.