Just tear into the Blues

South Wales Argus: RARING TO GO: Dragons No 8 Toby Faletau RARING TO GO: Dragons No 8 Toby Faletau

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been urged to tear into Cardiff Blues from the first whistle in Saturday’s first derby of the season.

Victory against their nearest rivals can be a launching pad for the Dragons in their bid for Heineken Cup qualification while defeat would be a real body blow.

They won their RaboDirect Pro12 opener against Zebre but head into the derby on the back of a 45-25 defeat to European champions Leinster in which late errors scuppered their hopes of a pair of bonus points.

This week the Dragons have been fuelled by the frustration of that second-half comeback falling short.


Head coach Darren Edwards has demanded that they start on the front foot this weekend, carrying hard and flying into their rivals from the capital at the breakdown.


He said: “We stood back rather than imposing ourselves on Leinster, we looked dangerous and threatening once we did that and concentrated on ourselves.

“But I don’t think there is any chance of us standing back against the Blues and this is just what we need early in the season. I know that we should say that every game is important but there is something special about playing against the Blues and the week starts with a lot more excitement.

"The players have been excellent in recent weeks but the extra spice of a derby will give us the tough mindset that we need on Saturday.”


The back row battle in which Wales stars Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau will attempt to get the better of their international skipper Sam Warburton.


But the tight five tussle will be just as important with the Dragons – who have often been the ones under the pump – looking to put the squeeze on their rivals, who have struggled in the set piece in their first two fixtures.


“The scrum is the first marker you put down and we have challenged our players,” said Edwards. “We have to target them up front and if we can do that it would be a huge turnaround for us.”

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10:22am Thu 13 Sep 12

high x boy says...

come on the Dragons
come on the Dragons high x boy
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8:46pm Thu 13 Sep 12

East Newport Dave says...

This is a big, big game. Come on you Dragons!
This is a big, big game. Come on you Dragons! East Newport Dave
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11:29pm Thu 13 Sep 12

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

I wonder what precautions teh Golden Region have taken to ensure all the spectators who pay over £20 for a ticket dont have to queue for over 40 minutes to get a drink??
I wonder what precautions teh Golden Region have taken to ensure all the spectators who pay over £20 for a ticket dont have to queue for over 40 minutes to get a drink?? kalwales@hotmail.com
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12:07am Sat 15 Sep 12

corpardguy says...

The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not.
If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can.
That includes the coaching staff as well.
I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty.
I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the park with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warburton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs.
I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown.
I just hope the ref is up to the task!
The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not. If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can. That includes the coaching staff as well. I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty. I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the park with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warburton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs. I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown. I just hope the ref is up to the task! corpardguy
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