Dragons can’t argue with label of fourth region, says skipper

South Wales Argus: NO COMPLAINTS: Lewis Evans NO COMPLAINTS: Lewis Evans

CAPTAIN Lewis Evans has admitted Newport Gwent Dragons can have no complaints about being given the unwanted tag of fourth Welsh region after falling short in derby battles.

The Dragons welcome the Ospreys to Rodney Parade on New Year’s Eve and do so with only winless Zebre beneath them in the RaboDirect Pro12 table.

At the halfway stage of the campaign, their bid for Heineken Cup rugby next season is over barring a miracle with Cardiff Blues ten points ahead of them.

That is because the region from the capital won the eastern derby in the Arms Park mud on Boxing Day despite the visitors dominating the game.

The Dragons had the nudge in the set piece and won the battle of the forwards yet failed to take their chances, leaving them with a solitary bonus point rather than the four their performance should have yielded.

Amid talk of the Welsh Rugby Union pushing to turn them into a development region, skipper Evans was left to bemoan the Dragons’ failure to make a timely point.

“I don’t want to be the fourth region but as it stands we still are and deserve to be,” said the 25-year-old flanker. “Unless we start beating our rivals that will never change.

“Boxing Day was another massive opportunity lost. The Blues beat us at Rodney Parade at the start of the season when we didn’t play well and we lost in Cardiff when we turned up and put in a big performance; I don’t know which is more frustrating.

“We have to start backing up what we say because we can’t argue when people label us the fourth region and we haven’t deserved to have the bragging rights against our Welsh counterparts. “Dejection was the feeling after the game against the Blues and there has to be a lot of honesty from players and coaches when we analyse it.

“Because it’s already a frustrating season and if we don’t sort it out sooner or later then we will really be staring down the barrel.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Dragons with the in-form Ospreys – fresh from a European Cup triumph against Toulouse and derby hammering of the Scarlets – next up.

The record books do, however, give Monday’s hosts some hope to cling on to.

The west Walians have won just once in Newport since the inception of regional rugby in 2003.

“It’s always a massive game against the Ospreys,” said Evans. “We’ve had some good results against them over the years and could desperately do with another.”

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10:41pm Sat 29 Dec 12

foxy3rd says...

Lewis is frustrated to keep losing the derbys.It's frustrating to see him keep giving away vital penalties by slipping his bind all the time and looking at the ref. with his questionning look!
Lewis is frustrated to keep losing the derbys.It's frustrating to see him keep giving away vital penalties by slipping his bind all the time and looking at the ref. with his questionning look! foxy3rd
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11:23pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

foxy3rd wrote:
Lewis is frustrated to keep losing the derbys.It's frustrating to see him keep giving away vital penalties by slipping his bind all the time and looking at the ref. with his questionning look!
Umm, thinking about it your probably right, very frustrating.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: Lewis is frustrated to keep losing the derbys.It's frustrating to see him keep giving away vital penalties by slipping his bind all the time and looking at the ref. with his questionning look![/p][/quote]Umm, thinking about it your probably right, very frustrating. Robert Shillabeer
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11:35am Sun 30 Dec 12

East Newport Dave says...

Looking forward to the game with my son and our 1/2 season tickets and free jerseys. We have to be positive. I don't expect us to win but at least be competitive while we wait for next season's promised reinforcements.
Looking forward to the game with my son and our 1/2 season tickets and free jerseys. We have to be positive. I don't expect us to win but at least be competitive while we wait for next season's promised reinforcements. East Newport Dave
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1:56pm Sun 30 Dec 12

casto says...

East Newport Dave says...
11:35am Sun 30 Dec 12

Looking forward to the game with my son and our 1/2 season tickets and free jerseys. We have to be positive. I don't expect us to win but at least be competitive while we wait for next season's promised reinforcements.

happy dreaming for reinforcements.but who would want to join this sad side
East Newport Dave says... 11:35am Sun 30 Dec 12 Looking forward to the game with my son and our 1/2 season tickets and free jerseys. We have to be positive. I don't expect us to win but at least be competitive while we wait for next season's promised reinforcements. ” happy dreaming for reinforcements.but who would want to join this sad side casto
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1:09am Mon 31 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Yet again your sad view shows you up. There are many who look on the positive side of life and have decided to buy season tickets for himself and his son so they can watch and support thier side by choice, there money to spend as they see fit not for you to ridicule them for doing so. They could have done the same as a guy I spoke with last night and become Blues supporters, it's his choice and you can't blame him for that. Mt son in law is a man united supporter his father an arsenal supporter, no friction there. The last time I looked GB was a free country, you make your own choices and live with them.
Yet again your sad view shows you up. There are many who look on the positive side of life and have decided to buy season tickets for himself and his son so they can watch and support thier side by choice, there money to spend as they see fit not for you to ridicule them for doing so. They could have done the same as a guy I spoke with last night and become Blues supporters, it's his choice and you can't blame him for that. Mt son in law is a man united supporter his father an arsenal supporter, no friction there. The last time I looked GB was a free country, you make your own choices and live with them. Robert Shillabeer
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8:23am Mon 31 Dec 12

SWBorderer says...

On paper it looks like a comfortable win for the Ospreys but they've come a cropper at the Parade before.

Good luck to the Dragons, wish l could be there. Happy New Year to everyone.
On paper it looks like a comfortable win for the Ospreys but they've come a cropper at the Parade before. Good luck to the Dragons, wish l could be there. Happy New Year to everyone. SWBorderer
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11:41am Mon 31 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Cut out the penalties in kick able positions and its anyone game in these conditions. Some slick handling and strong attack could just tip it our way especially with a very good crowd behind us, anyway it would shut my son in law up fr a few minutes.
Cut out the penalties in kick able positions and its anyone game in these conditions. Some slick handling and strong attack could just tip it our way especially with a very good crowd behind us, anyway it would shut my son in law up fr a few minutes. Robert Shillabeer
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