Connacht 30 Dragons 11

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons' miserable RaboDirect Pro12 form continued with a 30-11 drubbing at the hands of Connacht in Galway.

The Rodney Parade region have mustered just one losing bonus point on their travels this season – at Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day – and are now cut adrift in 11th spot in the table with just winless Zebre beneath them.

The Irish province cruised to victory at the Sportsground, although they failed to garner a likely bonus point in the final quarter.

Nonetheless, a penalty try and efforts from George Naoupu and Danie Poolman had already confirmed the Irish province's dominance.

Connacht fly-half Dan Parks stamped his mark on a scrappy game with a 15-point contribution, while replacement Jonathan Evans scored a late consolation try for the Dragons to add to Tom Prydie's brace of penalties.

Eric Elwood's men played with great ambition and purpose in the opening half-hour and were clearly determined to bounce back from earning just a losing bonus point over their two-match festive programme.

The Dragons leaked a succession of early penalties, inviting the hosts forward and Parks popped over two kicks in the opening eight minutes.

Little was seen of the likes of Tonderai Chavhanga and Andy Tuilagi in attack for the Dragons, and Prydie missed his first shot at the posts on the quarter-hour.

Parks went short from the restart, dropping the ball straight into the arms of Fetu'u Vainikolo who rampaged away from a succession of defenders.

Connacht continued to attack aggressively, with Mike McCarthy next to make an incision. It led to a close-in scrum and with the Dragons forced to infringe, referee Andrew McMenemy awarded a penalty try.

Parks converted and was then the instigator for Connacht's second try in the 27th minute. David McSharry's terrific line saw him burst onto Parks' flat pass and the centre's offload was scooped up by Naoupu to finish off the move.

Parks added the conversion for a 20-0 lead and some suspect tackling from the Welsh region allowed winger Poolman to stretch his legs, opening up another opportunity for the hosts.

The momentum though was broken up by an injury to number 8 Naoupu, who was stretchered off, and the Dragons came back into it with Hallam Amos running well from full-back.

Prydie landed two penalties either side of the interval, with Lewis Robling missing a long-range effort with the last kick of the first half.

The game had become a stop-start affair but Connacht wrested back control with a smashing third try, stringing together a slick cross-field counter attack which ended with man-of-the-match McSharry drawing a defender to put Poolman over.

The South African's third try in six league starts was converted by Parks, who soon rewarded more hard grind from the pack with a drop goal from a tight angle.

Connacht had 20 minutes to aim for the bonus point, but handling errors and indecision blighted their play in the closing stages.

Instead, the Dragons, with Toby Faletau a constant driving force, salvaged some pride with a late unconverted try from 20-year-old scrum-half Evans - his first in the league.

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9:16pm Sat 5 Jan 13

CaptainB says...

This is a cut and paste report from the BBC Wales site.....

I listened to the match on Galway Radio, the comentators couldn't beleive that the Dragons could be so poor, Connacht got no credit for this rubbish, they had no oposition.

At 37 minutes we had hardly seen the ball, yet had made seven handling errors!!!!!

The second half was worse, only Toby is able to hold his head high, DE pack your bags, take Beale with you, and Mr Appleyard should keep an eye on the situations vacant.

MR HAZELL, you say you want to save the region from second class status and mediocrity, THEN DO SOMETHING NOW, THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, YOU ARE PLAYING INTO ROGER LEWIS'S HANDS.

There is nothing at Rodney Parade to attract decent players to come to the Dragons, except perhaps a free ticket to see the County play.
This is a cut and paste report from the BBC Wales site..... I listened to the match on Galway Radio, the comentators couldn't beleive that the Dragons could be so poor, Connacht got no credit for this rubbish, they had no oposition. At 37 minutes we had hardly seen the ball, yet had made seven handling errors!!!!! The second half was worse, only Toby is able to hold his head high, DE pack your bags, take Beale with you, and Mr Appleyard should keep an eye on the situations vacant. MR HAZELL, you say you want to save the region from second class status and mediocrity, THEN DO SOMETHING NOW, THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, YOU ARE PLAYING INTO ROGER LEWIS'S HANDS. There is nothing at Rodney Parade to attract decent players to come to the Dragons, except perhaps a free ticket to see the County play. CaptainB
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9:39pm Sat 5 Jan 13

mep says...

I should gag the players talking before matches until they start to deliver.
I should gag the players talking before matches until they start to deliver. mep
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9:44pm Sat 5 Jan 13

SWBorderer says...

Yet another week of big talk and no action. Roger Lewis will be rubbing his hands with glee.

Which region will be next on the downward spiral of Welsh rugby, never thought l would live to see the day when Monmouthshire rugby became totally insignificant.

I saw victories against New Zealnd, Australia and South Africa on that ground, what a shambles it has all become.
Yet another week of big talk and no action. Roger Lewis will be rubbing his hands with glee. Which region will be next on the downward spiral of Welsh rugby, never thought l would live to see the day when Monmouthshire rugby became totally insignificant. I saw victories against New Zealnd, Australia and South Africa on that ground, what a shambles it has all become. SWBorderer
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9:53pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

cant go on like this we are now a laughing stock, bet toby is packing his bags as we speak, we are on or below the italian sides,its very sad to say but mr lewis will be giving us development status very soon, maybe thats the best for welsh rugby,, we have no way to keep our few good players, and no way to attract new better players,, so what is the answer,,,,
cant go on like this we are now a laughing stock, bet toby is packing his bags as we speak, we are on or below the italian sides,its very sad to say but mr lewis will be giving us development status very soon, maybe thats the best for welsh rugby,, we have no way to keep our few good players, and no way to attract new better players,, so what is the answer,,,, portforever
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10:18pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

looks like appleyard got his wish and it was more of the same,iam afraid its move on time at least there is no relagation from the pro 12 if thats a saving grace ,,
looks like appleyard got his wish and it was more of the same,iam afraid its move on time at least there is no relagation from the pro 12 if thats a saving grace ,, portforever
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10:36pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position.
Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position. Euwan Usami
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11:03pm Sat 5 Jan 13

foxy3rd says...

If the limelight boys don't want to invest they should go.It's not right or good for those of the younger players who are good enough and keep trying to have to play with the other sub-standard players week in week out .The region is losing credibility.It can't go for much longer like this.Get out of the spotlight and go.
If the limelight boys don't want to invest they should go.It's not right or good for those of the younger players who are good enough and keep trying to have to play with the other sub-standard players week in week out .The region is losing credibility.It can't go for much longer like this.Get out of the spotlight and go. foxy3rd
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11:04pm Sat 5 Jan 13

SWBorderer says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position.
Did l miss when we were average, l thought the poor description was being generous.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position.[/p][/quote]Did l miss when we were average, l thought the poor description was being generous. SWBorderer
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11:23pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position.
Did l miss when we were average, l thought the poor description was being generous.
I think we peak at average if I am honest, lol.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: Superb win for the Blues at Musgrove Park tonight just under lines how far adrift we are at the minute. I know Connacht have always been a bit of a bogey side for us but this season can't end soon enough for me. Let's get some investment into the side. We are currently poor to average and thoroughly deserve our league position.[/p][/quote]Did l miss when we were average, l thought the poor description was being generous.[/p][/quote]I think we peak at average if I am honest, lol. Euwan Usami
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11:23pm Sat 5 Jan 13

risca dragons says...

Unbelievable how inept a bunch of coaches they really are! Lewis Robling was shocking last week and the reward for that is another start! Well done lad! What's the reason for this- DE gave him most promising player last year, if he's the most promising player I'm burning my season ticket now! The directors won't get rid of the coaches because they have too long left on their contracts! I refuse to watch this rubbish week in week out! This is the last straw!!!!
Unbelievable how inept a bunch of coaches they really are! Lewis Robling was shocking last week and the reward for that is another start! Well done lad! What's the reason for this- DE gave him most promising player last year, if he's the most promising player I'm burning my season ticket now! The directors won't get rid of the coaches because they have too long left on their contracts! I refuse to watch this rubbish week in week out! This is the last straw!!!! risca dragons
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4:37am Sun 6 Jan 13

East Newport Dave says...

If we had a coaching staff with any ability, this group of players would be starting to show some semblance of improvement by now. Instead they are just losing week in, week out. I am afraid that at outside half Robling does not look as if he will ever be good enough and he epitomises the mediocrity at the Dragons. There really does not seem to be any answer. I know that Beale and Edwards are on long term contracts but surely, as in any job, if you are doing a poor job you are given a written warning and there is a dismissal process.
If we had a coaching staff with any ability, this group of players would be starting to show some semblance of improvement by now. Instead they are just losing week in, week out. I am afraid that at outside half Robling does not look as if he will ever be good enough and he epitomises the mediocrity at the Dragons. There really does not seem to be any answer. I know that Beale and Edwards are on long term contracts but surely, as in any job, if you are doing a poor job you are given a written warning and there is a dismissal process. East Newport Dave
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5:32am Sun 6 Jan 13

the dork says...

What is next now ? Wrap it all up? and put effortsinto NewportRFC ? Thanks Hazell ,Lewis et al
What is next now ? Wrap it all up? and put effortsinto NewportRFC ? Thanks Hazell ,Lewis et al the dork
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9:34am Sun 6 Jan 13

LSB Bee says...

the dork wrote:
What is next now ? Wrap it all up? and put effortsinto NewportRFC ? Thanks Hazell ,Lewis et al
Now there's a good idea!
[quote][p][bold]the dork[/bold] wrote: What is next now ? Wrap it all up? and put effortsinto NewportRFC ? Thanks Hazell ,Lewis et al[/p][/quote]Now there's a good idea! LSB Bee
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9:41am Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

maybe be better to put the effort in to NEWPORT RFC. unless something major happens such as a overhaul of the coaching staff and many of the players leaving the club not a lot will change.we are the poorest region in both money and results for many seasons so lewis has it on a plate if he choses to go that way.there is little point coming bottom or near bottom of the league every season with not a hope in hell of getting into europe above the other three regions.without major investment we will be the development region and out of the four regions its hard to argue against it
maybe be better to put the effort in to NEWPORT RFC. unless something major happens such as a overhaul of the coaching staff and many of the players leaving the club not a lot will change.we are the poorest region in both money and results for many seasons so lewis has it on a plate if he choses to go that way.there is little point coming bottom or near bottom of the league every season with not a hope in hell of getting into europe above the other three regions.without major investment we will be the development region and out of the four regions its hard to argue against it portforever
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10:13am Sun 6 Jan 13

pooles says...

Sadly predictable !!
Sadly predictable !! pooles
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10:15am Sun 6 Jan 13

pooles says...

Dragons_ready_to_fig
ht_fire_with_fire !!!
Not this season chaps
Dragons_ready_to_fig ht_fire_with_fire !!! Not this season chaps pooles
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10:17am Sun 6 Jan 13

CaptainB says...

Think about the number of 'Stars' we have brought through and developed and those we have nursed back from serious injury, only for them to move on to bigger clubs.....

WE ARE A DEVELOPEMENT REGION
Think about the number of 'Stars' we have brought through and developed and those we have nursed back from serious injury, only for them to move on to bigger clubs..... WE ARE A DEVELOPEMENT REGION CaptainB
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10:31am Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

spot on captain b, unless things change i am going back to just watch newport and forget the dragons, sad but sick of spending hard earned on dross.
spot on captain b, unless things change i am going back to just watch newport and forget the dragons, sad but sick of spending hard earned on dross. portforever
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11:09am Sun 6 Jan 13

SWBorderer says...

Make it a development region and centre it at Pontypridd, return Rodney Parade to black and amber and apply for membership to the English league. It will take a few years to work throught the leagues but with the right investment could be in the Premiership in 5 years, then see which team in South Wales attracts the biggast crowds.
Make it a development region and centre it at Pontypridd, return Rodney Parade to black and amber and apply for membership to the English league. It will take a few years to work throught the leagues but with the right investment could be in the Premiership in 5 years, then see which team in South Wales attracts the biggast crowds. SWBorderer
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11:13am Sun 6 Jan 13

silurix says...

I know things aren't good at the moment , but being disappointed by a defeat in Galway is a bit OTT IMO. We have lost there with better teams than we have at present and have only ever won there once. A defeat was the odds-on expected outcome. Silly , inflated rhetoric in the Argus should be ignored - we all know what the real situation is and it is unlikely to improve much this season, especially away from home. It might be better to keep expectations low for the moment and maybe benefit from the occasional pleasant surprise. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to more wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Whether the current management is able to lead the team to the promised land is an interesting question. Welsh rugby generally is in a bit of a trough and the decision making ability of the WRU has never inspired much confidence either. Time will tell.
I know things aren't good at the moment , but being disappointed by a defeat in Galway is a bit OTT IMO. We have lost there with better teams than we have at present and have only ever won there once. A defeat was the odds-on expected outcome. Silly , inflated rhetoric in the Argus should be ignored - we all know what the real situation is and it is unlikely to improve much this season, especially away from home. It might be better to keep expectations low for the moment and maybe benefit from the occasional pleasant surprise. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to more wailing and gnashing of teeth. Whether the current management is able to lead the team to the promised land is an interesting question. Welsh rugby generally is in a bit of a trough and the decision making ability of the WRU has never inspired much confidence either. Time will tell. silurix
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12:56pm Sun 6 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Its a modern disease, the failure of those in charge to take responsibility for whats going on, be it politics, councils or sport, if DE had 1 ounce of respect for himself, this club and its supporters, he would admit defeat and his clear inability to coach at this level, im sure there are club sides who would welcome him as he sure as hell aint welcome here anymore. even he must know he should leave.
Its a modern disease, the failure of those in charge to take responsibility for whats going on, be it politics, councils or sport, if DE had 1 ounce of respect for himself, this club and its supporters, he would admit defeat and his clear inability to coach at this level, im sure there are club sides who would welcome him as he sure as hell aint welcome here anymore. even he must know he should leave. let em swing
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1:27pm Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

is it time for DE to fall on the sword along with a few others . bet dean ryan was impressed with that farce.maybe bit harsh on DE as he only got what are at best average club players bar a few. toby be going to bath or wherever maye wasps and cant blame him .must me a big downer playing for the dragons as things are now ,SWBORDERER got a point maybe thats the way to go for the port and just right of the dragons as a failed outfit, just leave the three regions so hopefully the money can be spent on the three instead of the four maybe then we can keep the better players and attract new ones,,
is it time for DE to fall on the sword along with a few others . bet dean ryan was impressed with that farce.maybe bit harsh on DE as he only got what are at best average club players bar a few. toby be going to bath or wherever maye wasps and cant blame him .must me a big downer playing for the dragons as things are now ,SWBORDERER got a point maybe thats the way to go for the port and just right of the dragons as a failed outfit, just leave the three regions so hopefully the money can be spent on the three instead of the four maybe then we can keep the better players and attract new ones,, portforever
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1:36pm Sun 6 Jan 13

let em swing says...

If theres 3regions then surely one of west wales must go, this area must be represented, and with investment could prospe.
If theres 3regions then surely one of west wales must go, this area must be represented, and with investment could prospe. let em swing
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2:12pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Doberman1 says...

Let's be honest, none of this is a surprise. We were at best an average side when DE took over and have simply gone backwards ever since. Most posters on here have been observing for months that he is clearly out of his depth with just a couple of posters who seem content with amateur standards across the whole Dragons set up arguing differently. For me the time is right to sell Toby for a reported 6 figure sum and invest some of that money in terminating the contracts of DE et al. Use the balance to recruit Kingsley Jones, buy a couple of decent forwards and try and convince the supporters that there is some hope for next season and to renew season tickets. If we carry on as is crowds will dwindle, so will associated income and the region will simply become unviable, result is we will fold before any debate about development region status can be even had.
We are a laughing stock at the moment simply because we have behaved like a bunch of amateurs from top to bottom, time for change.
Let's be honest, none of this is a surprise. We were at best an average side when DE took over and have simply gone backwards ever since. Most posters on here have been observing for months that he is clearly out of his depth with just a couple of posters who seem content with amateur standards across the whole Dragons set up arguing differently. For me the time is right to sell Toby for a reported 6 figure sum and invest some of that money in terminating the contracts of DE et al. Use the balance to recruit Kingsley Jones, buy a couple of decent forwards and try and convince the supporters that there is some hope for next season and to renew season tickets. If we carry on as is crowds will dwindle, so will associated income and the region will simply become unviable, result is we will fold before any debate about development region status can be even had. We are a laughing stock at the moment simply because we have behaved like a bunch of amateurs from top to bottom, time for change. Doberman1
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3:28pm Sun 6 Jan 13

the dork says...

The idea to join the RFU english pyramid sounds good The original Newport was always the most 'anglified' of all the welsh big clubs and would get crowds and support at RP. Look at Jersey RFC. They spent £3m on going through the leagues toget tothe Championship. Thy are suffering this year not helped by thefact that they don'tget the gates! but ambitous english clubs do go throught the pyramid. A Newport RFC owned by its supporters could raise that sort of debenture from fans and get there. The NGD sitauation is so awful does anybody have any idea what the WRU wrap up terms will be tothe present directors? What is the agenda?
The idea to join the RFU english pyramid sounds good The original Newport was always the most 'anglified' of all the welsh big clubs and would get crowds and support at RP. Look at Jersey RFC. They spent £3m on going through the leagues toget tothe Championship. Thy are suffering this year not helped by thefact that they don'tget the gates! but ambitous english clubs do go throught the pyramid. A Newport RFC owned by its supporters could raise that sort of debenture from fans and get there. The NGD sitauation is so awful does anybody have any idea what the WRU wrap up terms will be tothe present directors? What is the agenda? the dork
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4:13pm Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

how long has DE got on his contract if its a long one why was someone with no track record given it, again it shows a lack of professional knowledge at best.season sales will be down if no step forward is shown which will just compund the mess.without money we cant survive and there is no sign of any money, we can get jones in but without the money to buy good players he will have nothing to work on, and why would good players want to come here.and how many players do we need to make us competative,,
how long has DE got on his contract if its a long one why was someone with no track record given it, again it shows a lack of professional knowledge at best.season sales will be down if no step forward is shown which will just compund the mess.without money we cant survive and there is no sign of any money, we can get jones in but without the money to buy good players he will have nothing to work on, and why would good players want to come here.and how many players do we need to make us competative,, portforever
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8:22pm Sun 6 Jan 13

risca dragon says...

can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
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can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, . risca dragon
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8:29pm Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

they need to make a statement of what ideas they have to move things forward if they have any plans . we all pay to watch the dragons but way things are going that may well alter shortly.i do feel a bit sorry for all of them as i dont think they know what to do,
they need to make a statement of what ideas they have to move things forward if they have any plans . we all pay to watch the dragons but way things are going that may well alter shortly.i do feel a bit sorry for all of them as i dont think they know what to do, portforever
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9:20pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

risca dragon wrote:
can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
.
In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?
[quote][p][bold]risca dragon[/bold] wrote: can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, .[/p][/quote]In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh? Euwan Usami
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9:24pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Doberman1 says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
risca dragon wrote:
can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
.
In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?
The concern for me is they could put £5million aside for players but if they retain the existing coaching set up then do we really think much will change?
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]risca dragon[/bold] wrote: can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, .[/p][/quote]In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?[/p][/quote]The concern for me is they could put £5million aside for players but if they retain the existing coaching set up then do we really think much will change? Doberman1
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10:10pm Sun 6 Jan 13

CaptainB says...

The time is right to re-group, bring in Kingsley Jones and ask him to bring along a few of those nice/nasty big Russian/Georgian front five forwards to dog out possession for 80 minutes.

We may as well sell Toby now as it isn't fair on him to be constantly playing behing a retreating pack, he needs to be able to pick and drive and show how good he really is.

When we have established a platform, use the good Back Rowers we already have (come back Darren Waters) to set up the attacks.

We need a pair of class Scrum and Outside halves to vary the plays, I think Tuilagi and Chavanga are just not good enough, braun and speed alone don't make great rugby players.

There is enough talent in the backs to score tries if we have a decent coach who can teach some new angles and passing out of contact.

The Dragons aren't dead yet, but drastic action is needed now, Connacht stuffed us, and they are only just above us in the Pro12.

Please get rid of DE and RB, bring in KJ and lets give it our best shot, even if this season is dead, lets get Rodney back to being an uncomfortable place to come and play and build from there!!!
The time is right to re-group, bring in Kingsley Jones and ask him to bring along a few of those nice/nasty big Russian/Georgian front five forwards to dog out possession for 80 minutes. We may as well sell Toby now as it isn't fair on him to be constantly playing behing a retreating pack, he needs to be able to pick and drive and show how good he really is. When we have established a platform, use the good Back Rowers we already have (come back Darren Waters) to set up the attacks. We need a pair of class Scrum and Outside halves to vary the plays, I think Tuilagi and Chavanga are just not good enough, braun and speed alone don't make great rugby players. There is enough talent in the backs to score tries if we have a decent coach who can teach some new angles and passing out of contact. The Dragons aren't dead yet, but drastic action is needed now, Connacht stuffed us, and they are only just above us in the Pro12. Please get rid of DE and RB, bring in KJ and lets give it our best shot, even if this season is dead, lets get Rodney back to being an uncomfortable place to come and play and build from there!!! CaptainB
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11:40pm Sun 6 Jan 13

phantom14 says...

Tuilagi is vry limited and any ball we do have dies with him!!! Surely the coaches can see this, but not convinced , as they keep playing him, Roblin is a 12 not a 10 give him a go. Tuilagi cant kick pass or offload all whats needed from a 12. Lets also add tackle.
Tuilagi is vry limited and any ball we do have dies with him!!! Surely the coaches can see this, but not convinced , as they keep playing him, Roblin is a 12 not a 10 give him a go. Tuilagi cant kick pass or offload all whats needed from a 12. Lets also add tackle. phantom14
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12:47am Mon 7 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

Not watched the game yet, but from what has been said already it seems that drastic action is needed. Sorry DE but time is really up, given you plenty of chances time to go I'm afraid. Beale should also go as he adds nothing to the party, if he ever did, we need some new blood in the side as at least four don't have it at the required level. To lose so badly at a side that has been a perennial por performer following very good performances over Christmas shows that there are some who can't perform at the required level. On another point why was two Dragons only playing at Premiership level where both did very well, makes one wonder!
Not watched the game yet, but from what has been said already it seems that drastic action is needed. Sorry DE but time is really up, given you plenty of chances time to go I'm afraid. Beale should also go as he adds nothing to the party, if he ever did, we need some new blood in the side as at least four don't have it at the required level. To lose so badly at a side that has been a perennial por performer following very good performances over Christmas shows that there are some who can't perform at the required level. On another point why was two Dragons only playing at Premiership level where both did very well, makes one wonder! Robert Shillabeer
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9:30am Mon 7 Jan 13

East Newport Dave says...

It makes me wonder what sort of accountability structure is in place at the Dragons. It's Monday morning and I am sure the players will go through the match post mortem. But who do Edwards and Beale report to? Who is saying to them on a weekly basis, 'this is just not good enough. There must be an improvement.'?
It makes me wonder what sort of accountability structure is in place at the Dragons. It's Monday morning and I am sure the players will go through the match post mortem. But who do Edwards and Beale report to? Who is saying to them on a weekly basis, 'this is just not good enough. There must be an improvement.'? East Newport Dave
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11:12am Mon 7 Jan 13

silurix says...

until the cash starts flowing in little will change. Most of the suggestions I've read here are highly speculative and as likely to make matters worse as improve things ( assuming that any of them could be implemented anyway ). The uncertainty about the future of the regions does little to help. I appreciate that people don't like paying out to watch failure but for some problems there are no real solutions.
until the cash starts flowing in little will change. Most of the suggestions I've read here are highly speculative and as likely to make matters worse as improve things ( assuming that any of them could be implemented anyway ). The uncertainty about the future of the regions does little to help. I appreciate that people don't like paying out to watch failure but for some problems there are no real solutions. silurix
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12:03pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Dragons Eye says...

I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas
I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas Dragons Eye
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12:45pm Mon 7 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

You have to love Darren Edwards,latest excuse "We were tired after the 4 games in under 3 weeks" is the latest excuse for the four losses over the festive period, whats next "Grass to Green or maybe the Posts were too tall" - so if thats teh case what about the other games before that and last season and the season before that????
You have to love Darren Edwards,latest excuse "We were tired after the 4 games in under 3 weeks" is the latest excuse for the four losses over the festive period, whats next "Grass to Green or maybe the Posts were too tall" - so if thats teh case what about the other games before that and last season and the season before that???? kalwales@hotmail.com
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4:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

portforever says...

kalwales@hotmail.com wrote:
You have to love Darren Edwards,latest excuse "We were tired after the 4 games in under 3 weeks" is the latest excuse for the four losses over the festive period, whats next "Grass to Green or maybe the Posts were too tall" - so if thats teh case what about the other games before that and last season and the season before that????
dont know about them being tired ,we are tired off watching the dross.the only way is up as we cant get worse .we need suger daddy for next season,,,
[quote][p][bold]kalwales@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: You have to love Darren Edwards,latest excuse "We were tired after the 4 games in under 3 weeks" is the latest excuse for the four losses over the festive period, whats next "Grass to Green or maybe the Posts were too tall" - so if thats teh case what about the other games before that and last season and the season before that????[/p][/quote]dont know about them being tired ,we are tired off watching the dross.the only way is up as we cant get worse .we need suger daddy for next season,,, portforever
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8:17pm Mon 7 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Dragons Eye wrote:
I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas
Tell me then, what exactly does Beale do, because it isnt working.
[quote][p][bold]Dragons Eye[/bold] wrote: I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas[/p][/quote]Tell me then, what exactly does Beale do, because it isnt working. let em swing
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8:20am Tue 8 Jan 13

Dragons Eye says...

let em swing wrote:
Dragons Eye wrote:
I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas
Tell me then, what exactly does Beale do, because it isnt working.
If only you knew half the story, I wont bore you with the facts as i doubt it would change your judgement
[quote][p][bold]let em swing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dragons Eye[/bold] wrote: I hate to see how any of the poor performances are to do with RB. He is not involved in the coaching side. The blame lies with edwards, appleyard and thomas[/p][/quote]Tell me then, what exactly does Beale do, because it isnt working.[/p][/quote]If only you knew half the story, I wont bore you with the facts as i doubt it would change your judgement Dragons Eye
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2:52am Wed 9 Jan 13

The People's Republic of Newp says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
risca dragon wrote:
can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
.
In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?
I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]risca dragon[/bold] wrote: can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, .[/p][/quote]In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?[/p][/quote]I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future. The People's Republic of Newp
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6:48pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
risca dragon wrote:
can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
.
In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?
I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future.
Alot has changed since then though. Chris Browns introduction for one. RP are trying to do things "Properly" financially speaking. Time will tell of course.
[quote][p][bold]The People's Republic of Newp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]risca dragon[/bold] wrote: can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, .[/p][/quote]In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?[/p][/quote]I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future.[/p][/quote]Alot has changed since then though. Chris Browns introduction for one. RP are trying to do things "Properly" financially speaking. Time will tell of course. Euwan Usami
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8:26pm Wed 9 Jan 13

The People's Republic of Newp says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
risca dragon wrote:
can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us,
.
In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?
I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future.
Alot has changed since then though. Chris Browns introduction for one. RP are trying to do things "Properly" financially speaking. Time will tell of course.
With respect Euwan, I haven't seen much evidence of new-found professionalism. Small beer (shoot me now) but the reported problems with the bars on NYE can only point to a wider malaise.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The People's Republic of Newp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]risca dragon[/bold] wrote: can anyone from the dragons please make a comment on this discussion page? talk to us tell us whats going on we all pay to watch we stand in all weathers and we are all pee'd off so come on mr hazell or mr edwards talk to us, .[/p][/quote]In fairness this had already been done. The priority this season has been financial stability. Martin Hazell has already said they are setting aside another 500k for additional players for next season. They have been trying to make the best of it for this season. I believe most know this. Next season can't come soon enough though eh?[/p][/quote]I can't help but recall Mr Hazell's stewardship in the days before Tony Brown. Hardly augurs well for the future.[/p][/quote]Alot has changed since then though. Chris Browns introduction for one. RP are trying to do things "Properly" financially speaking. Time will tell of course.[/p][/quote]With respect Euwan, I haven't seen much evidence of new-found professionalism. Small beer (shoot me now) but the reported problems with the bars on NYE can only point to a wider malaise. The People's Republic of Newp
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