Jason Tovey: Dogged Dragons will find their attacking edge
FLY-HALF Jason Tovey believes it's a matter of time before Newport Gwent Dragons' attack clicks into gear.
The Rodney Parade region got their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign off to a flying start when they beat 2012/13 runners-up Ulster 15-8 last Friday.
It was a win based on tireless work when the Irish province had ball in hand, particularly when defending their line in the closing stages.
The amount of times the Dragons threatened Ulster's line could be counted on the digits of one hand but they earned the points thanks to four penalties and a drop goal by Tovey.
The left-footer from Rogerstone hailed the region's defensive grit and believes they will soon be posing a lot more questions in attack, starting against Edinburgh on Friday evening.
"It wasn't the greatest performance against Ulster but we dug in and got through," said Tovey.
"Our attack has a bit to go; Darren Edwards is a really good coach but we didn't really work as much on that over the summer because the boys leaked a lot of tries last season.
"It was the one thing that we needed to sort out and Lyn has worked us hard on the little technical areas. That showed because the ruck and contact area was good and the tackling was great.
"The first five weeks of pre-season we were hitting the hell out of each other and you could see that out there against Ulster."
The win on opening weekend was a double celebration for Tovey, who went past Ceri Sweeney to become the region's leading points scorer with 576.
It capped a tremendous return to Rodney Parade for the 24-year-old following an ill-fated season with Cardiff Blues.
"It did make we wonder why I ever went away," he admitted. "It didn't work out at Cardiff Blues and I'm thankful to the Dragons for giving me another chance.
"To have a decent first game was good for me because I was nervous. I am happy to be back and I'm moving on (after the Blues season).
"Rhys Patchell came through there and the first thing I knew about him was when he came into pre-season – I thought he was a centre!
"Rhys took his chance and no matter what I did in training it was hard for me to get back in.
"I supported him, just like Kris Burton gave me support and help at half-time against Ulster. I'm happy to play 15 if needed but at Cardiff Blues I ended up playing most of my games at full-back and it got to me.
"I'm better for the experience and feel that I've matured a lot. I realise that I have got to work hard to nail down that starting spot."
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