CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Win can set Dragons up to justify Euro jersey

AFTER a miserable few weeks in the RaboDirect Pro12 it’s with some excitement that Newport Gwent Dragons get a chance to start with a clean slate in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Sure, it’s a tournament that doesn’t have the glamour of the Heineken Cup but it does present a chance of earning a big European occasion.

Tthe Rodney Parade games with Wasps and Bayonne don’t quite fit the bill – the second tier competition only goes up a notch when it’s knockout.

But the Dragons will have a great shot at making the last eight if they can get off to a flier in Wycombe then send the French team packing in Newport seven days later.

The quarters would be in their grasp with 10 points guaranteed against Mogliano.

It’s up for grabs but their chances rest on starting well and doing something that they failed to do at Exeter and Perpignan last term – heading home with something to show for their efforts.

The heat is on. Fail and you’ll be able  to count the number of times the Dragons sport their new Amlin jersey (which will also be worn in the LV= Cup) in Europe on the digits of one hand

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10:49am Thu 11 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Beat Wasps?............ and Bayonne? Are you real? Bayonne are stuggling in a tough league but even on a bad day are very, very good. They have a gnarled front five, which is the most worrying factor. I know they don't travel well (nor does any French side) but if they get out of bed the right side, you can look out......and Mike Phillips will be out to prove a point on his 'home' turf.
Beat Wasps?............ and Bayonne? Are you real? Bayonne are stuggling in a tough league but even on a bad day are very, very good. They have a gnarled front five, which is the most worrying factor. I know they don't travel well (nor does any French side) but if they get out of bed the right side, you can look out......and Mike Phillips will be out to prove a point on his 'home' turf. Dai the Milk
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3:06pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Defeatist attitude already, a bit realism is a good thing but to write oneself off even before a ball is kicked is about right for many Towney fans I suppose.
Defeatist attitude already, a bit realism is a good thing but to write oneself off even before a ball is kicked is about right for many Towney fans I suppose. Robert Shillabeer
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5:48pm Thu 11 Oct 12

the dork says...

We could win this competition
We could win this competition the dork
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