Lyn Jones: Dragons gunning for Amlin quarters
8:02am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
TWELVE months ago the Amlin Challenge Cup was an unwelcome distraction for Lyn Jones but the director of rugby has pledged to give the tournament a real crack with Newport Gwent Dragons this season, writes Chris Kirwan.
Jones was at the helm at London Welsh last term when European rugby got in the way of their ultimately unsuccessful bid to beat the drop from the Aviva Premiership.
The Exiles managed two wins against Calvisano but were beaten twice by Stade Francais and Grenoble, albeit one of the losses to the latter was overturned because the French outfit fielded an ineligible player.
This time round he won't be waving the white flag as the Dragons battle with Pool Two favourites Bath, Bordeaux-Begles and Italian minnows Mogliano, who they host this evening (kick-off 7.15pm).
"The Amlin Challenge Cup is very important," said Jones. "Last year it was different with London Welsh when we only had a squad to deal with one competition.
"Here we have a sizeable squad and I think the European competition reflects hugely upon your team and your business.
"It's really important that we perform to the best of our ability and give ourselves a good opportunity in the last two matches when we have Bath at home and Mogliano away; can we get into a position where qualification is still in our own hands?"
The Dragons ran in 13 tries when they crushed Mogliano 53-3 and 33-0 in last season's tournament.
- More on the Dragons v Mogliano on page 38
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