Tonderai Chavhanga boost for Dragons

South Wales Argus: WELCOME RETURN: The talented Tonderai Chavhanga scored seven tries in 18 appearances in his inaugural season for the Dragons WELCOME RETURN: The talented Tonderai Chavhanga scored seven tries in 18 appearances in his inaugural season for the Dragons

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have received a boost with star winger Tonderai Chavhanga expected to be fit for Saturday’s opening Amlin Challenge Cup clash of the season.

The South Africa international is due to figure in the region’s visit to Wasps in what will be his first game in six months.

The 28-year-old hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury in the Dragons’ away defeat to the Ospreys in April.

The game-breaker underwent an operation for the damage and has been badly missed by the side.

The Zimbabwe-born flyer’s knack of conjuring a try out of nothing means he is a huge asset. His teammates will look to him for inspiration as they seek solace in Europe after a disappointing league campaign so far.

The Dragons are currently one from bottom with two wins and four defeats from their six Pro 12 games to date.

They should also have the services of young outside-half Lewis Robling this weekend after he missed last Friday’s bitterly disappointing 24-13 away defeat at the Scarlets.

The 21-year-old is due back after he cut his knee in training last week.

The Dragons continue to suffer serious injury problems with at least ten players out.

Wing Mike Poole and back rower Andrew Coombs (both knee) are not expected to return until between four to six weeks.

Back row is a major headache with blindside ace Dan Lydiate not expected back until late February after breaking a bone above his left ankle last month in the 32-12 home victory over Edinburgh.

Openside Darren Waters and utility back rower Hywel Stoddart (both knee) are expected to be out for the season.

The Dragons are down to just two fit locks still with Rob Sidoli not due back for several weeks as he battles to overcome a calf problem.

Also missing are scrum halves Joe Bedford (out for at least another five weeks with his shoulder) and Wayne Evans (uncertain because of a back problem), full back Jamie Smith (ankle) and Dan Watchurst (broken leg).

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10:42am Tue 9 Oct 12

broadsworddan says...

Unfortunately, we're carrying alot of dead weight in the squad. Long term injuries and players who aren't really up to the standard required for the league. Please, please, please buy a decent prop or two. We have to speculate more or else we might as well fold.

Blues decided yesterday, on a whim, to bring in a couple of Romanian props. Why weren't we doing that? Get rid of the rubbish and buy in a little bit of quality please!
Unfortunately, we're carrying alot of dead weight in the squad. Long term injuries and players who aren't really up to the standard required for the league. Please, please, please buy a decent prop or two. We have to speculate more or else we might as well fold. Blues decided yesterday, on a whim, to bring in a couple of Romanian props. Why weren't we doing that? Get rid of the rubbish and buy in a little bit of quality please! broadsworddan
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1:51pm Tue 9 Oct 12

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Isnt Rugby a "Team Sport"?? surely your region should concentrate on the Squad not 1 Individual?? you Region fans are being taken for a ride by those who claim to be running the region, one day you will all realise this !
Isnt Rugby a "Team Sport"?? surely your region should concentrate on the Squad not 1 Individual?? you Region fans are being taken for a ride by those who claim to be running the region, one day you will all realise this ! kalwales@hotmail.com
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2:07pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Good news on Ton coming back but hope he only has a bit of pay time this week, he is needed in the league. Several other first team players should be back by the time we play the next league game so there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Good news on Ton coming back but hope he only has a bit of pay time this week, he is needed in the league. Several other first team players should be back by the time we play the next league game so there is light at the end of the tunnel. Robert Shillabeer
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4:22pm Tue 9 Oct 12

corpardguy says...

he can't score if he hasn't got the ******* ball!

NEED more oomph up front and no more "potentials" how about some on the way down....Will James, Duncan Bell???

They still got a good 60 mins in them and cant be that expensive, anyway even if they are its what we MUST have to be anything like competative. And we will have to pay over the odds just to get them to look at the NGD at the moment, so get used to the cash outflow for awhile.........
he can't score if he hasn't got the ******* ball! NEED more oomph up front and no more "potentials" how about some on the way down....Will James, Duncan Bell??? They still got a good 60 mins in them and cant be that expensive, anyway even if they are its what we MUST have to be anything like competative. And we will have to pay over the odds just to get them to look at the NGD at the moment, so get used to the cash outflow for awhile......... corpardguy
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4:46pm Tue 9 Oct 12

exilemike says...

It matters little who plays in the backs,they are unlikely to get any ball let alone good ball.It has been thus for many a long year.
It matters little who plays in the backs,they are unlikely to get any ball let alone good ball.It has been thus for many a long year. exilemike
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9:20pm Tue 9 Oct 12

number12 says...

glad Lewis is back this week :)
glad Lewis is back this week :) number12
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9:56pm Tue 9 Oct 12

CaptainB says...

Lets hope the centres don't get white line fever, and try to do it all themselves when they have a quality finisher outside them.
I agree though, if you don't have a pack that can give you some possession, it doesn't matter of you have Dan Evans or Dan Carter in the backs, no ball, no try's!!!
Lets hope the centres don't get white line fever, and try to do it all themselves when they have a quality finisher outside them. I agree though, if you don't have a pack that can give you some possession, it doesn't matter of you have Dan Evans or Dan Carter in the backs, no ball, no try's!!! CaptainB
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