Dan Evans: Settled line-up is our driving force
DAN Evans might know all about Tom Prydie’s habits in the passenger seat after the last few months of commuting but it’s consistency of selection that has helped him learn about the rest of his fellow three-quarters.
Newport Gwent Dragons are poised to name an unchanged set of backs for the third game on the spin when they host Cardiff Blues tomorrow.
Evans will line up at full-back and will hope to continue a fine start to life at Rodney Parade.
The 23-year-old has scored three tries in two games since his move from the Scarlets – ending a 27-month drought in regional rugby since crossing against Glasgow in May 2010.
And Evans believes the consistency of selection behind the scrum has helped both him and Prydie settle in superbly to form a lively back three partnership with fellow Wales cap Will Harries.
“It’s the whole back line that has stayed the same, not just the back three,” said Evans, who picks up Porthcawl’s Prydie when travelling east from Ammanford.
“We have been able to get used to each other’s play and that has been especially useful for me and Tom as new boys.
“It can take time but we have made a good start and have gelled pretty well but I think there is even more to come from us as a set of backs.”
Evans is ready for his first derby as a Dragon at the venue where he last locked horns with Welsh opposition.
He came off the bench in last season’s Scarlets’ 10-6 victory at a sodden Rodney Parade but this time he won’t need to put in the earplugs.
“The crowd to give a lot of verbals,” said Evans. “They are very supportive of the Dragons and that will be fantastic now that I am a Dragon.
“I’ve been there when the high balls are going up and you are getting all the abuse, hopefully that could play a part tomorrow!
“But we know that it’s down to us as players to put in a performance that encourages the support.”