Chavhanga: Players must take blame for Dragons woes

Chavhanga: Players must take blame for Dragons woes

Chavhanga: Players must take blame for Dragons woes

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

WINGER Tonderai Chavhanga has insisted the blame for Newport Gwent Dragons’ woes should be laid squarely at the feet of the players.

The mea culpa comes as the Rodney Parade outfit languish one from bottom of the RaboDirect Pro12 with winless Italian whipping boys the only team beneath them.

Leaders Ulster became the third side to leave Newport with the spoils this season when they inflicted a 46-19 drubbing on the Dragons last Friday night.

That six-try drubbing has led to plenty of finger-pointing, but former South Africa wing Chavhanga believes it is the 23 players who should cop the flak.

“We are all really frustrated and disappointed in ourselves,” said the affable Zimbabwean, who won four caps for the Springboks.

“I’ve played rugby for quite a while and we are working as hard, if not harder, than all of the teams that I have played for.

“It’s not down to a lack of preparation and every time we play to the game plan that our coaches have given us things work out.

“But it comes down to us as players to take a bit of ownership and responsibility on the field.

“It’s the little things that keep on piling up – if every guy makes one mistake then that’s 23 and they are really hampering us.

“As professionals we have to cut them out because we have got to do better than this.”

Chavhanga played 80 minutes for the first time since injuring his knee against the Ospreys at the end of last season, a problem that required summer surgery.

Last season’s fixture in Glasgow was the 28-year-old’s first away game in Dragons colours and he will be hoping Friday sees a repeat of his last trip to Scotland.

Chavhanga was the two-try hero in the March win in Edinburgh – the last time that the region picked anything up on their travels.

“It’s always great to get an away win like we did in Edinburgh,” he said. “It’s an awesome feeling and I do think that we have what it takes to turn it around.

“Fix those little mistakes we are making and we have a chance against any side – we showed that in the first half against Ulster.

“They are unbeaten but we were right in there with them and probably should have been ahead at half-time.”

Dragons are hopeful of Lewis Evans being fit to captain the side in Glasgow, and he will be needed given that number eight Toby Faletau is now with Wales.

The flanker missed the defeat to Ulster after suffering a groin injury against Bayonne the previous weekend.

In-form Glasgow head into the game in fine spirits after striking late to win 24-13 in Treviso on Saturday, a success that lifted them to third in the table.

They trailed 13-12 in the last quarter but Tommy Seymour darted over for a late brace to extend their league-winning run to five matches.

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6:01pm Mon 29 Oct 12

monkeytennisboy says...

I think he can take himself out of the blame equation, he is just back to fitness and will get no ball to play with, if this had come from one of the forwards i could understand it.
I think he can take himself out of the blame equation, he is just back to fitness and will get no ball to play with, if this had come from one of the forwards i could understand it. monkeytennisboy
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6:10pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Euwan Usami says...

monkeytennisboy wrote:
I think he can take himself out of the blame equation, he is just back to fitness and will get no ball to play with, if this had come from one of the forwards i could understand it.
Very true, it's always been about the front 5 and lack of platform for me.
[quote][p][bold]monkeytennisboy[/bold] wrote: I think he can take himself out of the blame equation, he is just back to fitness and will get no ball to play with, if this had come from one of the forwards i could understand it.[/p][/quote]Very true, it's always been about the front 5 and lack of platform for me. Euwan Usami
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6:36pm Mon 29 Oct 12

CaptainB says...

Did you notice they have used a photo from last season (Gav Thomas in the background), they couldn't find one of him with the ball in his hand in the couple of matches he has played in this year, but that's not Chav's fault.
Did you notice they have used a photo from last season (Gav Thomas in the background), they couldn't find one of him with the ball in his hand in the couple of matches he has played in this year, but that's not Chav's fault. CaptainB
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8:27am Tue 30 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

No disrespect to the man but he has been a waste of money. What is the point of putting a man with the talent he has in the side when you don't develop a game plan that brings him into the game.
No disrespect to the man but he has been a waste of money. What is the point of putting a man with the talent he has in the side when you don't develop a game plan that brings him into the game. SWBorderer
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9:21am Tue 30 Oct 12

broadsworddan says...

I agree sw bordered. I guess the management expected Chav to be a player like brew, who's big, tough, goes looking for the ball and loves contact.

Tondy isn't that kind of player! He's an immense strike weapon but our game plan needs to be built around him.

Tuilagi is doing really well at the moment but now he's established as a battering ram, use him as a decoy, and get the ball to Chav. There is a serious lack of variety in the back play and neither of our outhalves have been using our weapons well enough.
I agree sw bordered. I guess the management expected Chav to be a player like brew, who's big, tough, goes looking for the ball and loves contact. Tondy isn't that kind of player! He's an immense strike weapon but our game plan needs to be built around him. Tuilagi is doing really well at the moment but now he's established as a battering ram, use him as a decoy, and get the ball to Chav. There is a serious lack of variety in the back play and neither of our outhalves have been using our weapons well enough. broadsworddan
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11:12am Tue 30 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

In fairness the ball hasn't got out to him at all, he goes looking for it getting involved as much as he can. The problem is they have been fighting fires so much they can't get the ball wide. Front five does need more before the backs can turn it on.
In fairness the ball hasn't got out to him at all, he goes looking for it getting involved as much as he can. The problem is they have been fighting fires so much they can't get the ball wide. Front five does need more before the backs can turn it on. Robert Shillabeer
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1:09pm Tue 30 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

Hey Robert you agree with me, doesn't happen often, ha ha.

Our front five, especially the front three have been the main problem for three years, look at all the money that has been wasted in that time and you will understand why I among others are calling for change at the top.
Hey Robert you agree with me, doesn't happen often, ha ha. Our front five, especially the front three have been the main problem for three years, look at all the money that has been wasted in that time and you will understand why I among others are calling for change at the top. SWBorderer
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3:52pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Doberman1 says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Hey Robert you agree with me, doesn't happen often, ha ha.

Our front five, especially the front three have been the main problem for three years, look at all the money that has been wasted in that time and you will understand why I among others are calling for change at the top.
Too true, a signing like Chavhanga is usually the "icing on the cake" in a team which has everything else sorted. Sadly not true with us as up front we have been lacking for too long, can anyone recall a game where he actually touched the ball more than 2 or 3 times? Not his fault but as I said in a previous thread he should be sacrificed in the effort to build a solid platform up front otherwise he will spend more time out on the wing redundant for most games.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Hey Robert you agree with me, doesn't happen often, ha ha. Our front five, especially the front three have been the main problem for three years, look at all the money that has been wasted in that time and you will understand why I among others are calling for change at the top.[/p][/quote]Too true, a signing like Chavhanga is usually the "icing on the cake" in a team which has everything else sorted. Sadly not true with us as up front we have been lacking for too long, can anyone recall a game where he actually touched the ball more than 2 or 3 times? Not his fault but as I said in a previous thread he should be sacrificed in the effort to build a solid platform up front otherwise he will spend more time out on the wing redundant for most games. Doberman1
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6:45pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Yes I came over all funny as did my iPad and my computer was a bit under the weather as well. So took my iPad to apple and they fixed it, my computer is about to get a new wireless set up so could be back on line very soon. Some good news on the injury front with a couple coming back in time for the trip to Glasgow, hopefully.
Yes I came over all funny as did my iPad and my computer was a bit under the weather as well. So took my iPad to apple and they fixed it, my computer is about to get a new wireless set up so could be back on line very soon. Some good news on the injury front with a couple coming back in time for the trip to Glasgow, hopefully. Robert Shillabeer
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8:39pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Keith Barnett says...

Broadswarddan - Can't agree
Tuilagi is doing better going forward but now it's all so predictable, almost the only move we have got
And his tackling is woeful, he doesn't use his arms he just tries to smash people and usually fails
At least he has lost most of his beer belly now tho
Broadswarddan - Can't agree Tuilagi is doing better going forward but now it's all so predictable, almost the only move we have got And his tackling is woeful, he doesn't use his arms he just tries to smash people and usually fails At least he has lost most of his beer belly now tho Keith Barnett
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8:59pm Tue 30 Oct 12

SWBorderer says...

I honestly wonder how much they knew about Tuilagi before they signed him, or was it just a case of believing that because the others can play he should be okay. Who in their right mind signs a professional player as drastically unfit as he was, then pays him for the season he takes to get anywhere near decent fitness. He's a one trick pony and he's not very good at that one.
I honestly wonder how much they knew about Tuilagi before they signed him, or was it just a case of believing that because the others can play he should be okay. Who in their right mind signs a professional player as drastically unfit as he was, then pays him for the season he takes to get anywhere near decent fitness. He's a one trick pony and he's not very good at that one. SWBorderer
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11:40pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Doberman1 says...

SWBorderer wrote:
I honestly wonder how much they knew about Tuilagi before they signed him, or was it just a case of believing that because the others can play he should be okay. Who in their right mind signs a professional player as drastically unfit as he was, then pays him for the season he takes to get anywhere near decent fitness. He's a one trick pony and he's not very good at that one.
I would blame DE but then I would be accused of negativity, same could be said for Nimmo who looks like he would struggle in a pub team.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: I honestly wonder how much they knew about Tuilagi before they signed him, or was it just a case of believing that because the others can play he should be okay. Who in their right mind signs a professional player as drastically unfit as he was, then pays him for the season he takes to get anywhere near decent fitness. He's a one trick pony and he's not very good at that one.[/p][/quote]I would blame DE but then I would be accused of negativity, same could be said for Nimmo who looks like he would struggle in a pub team. Doberman1
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