Treviso 45 Dragons 27

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ nightmare 2014 continues after they were given a 45-27 hammering by Treviso in the RaboDirect Pro12.

The Dragons were outclassed at the Stadio Monigo by the 11th-placed Italians, who crossed for five tries to bag their first five-point haul of the season.

Lyn Jones’ side had a sniff of their own extra in the closing stages thanks to scores by centre Ross Wardle and locks Matthew Screech and Cory Hill but they failed to force their over for a consolation, making it a pointless trip to Italy.

It’s now five games without a win for the Dragons and four of those have been against teams in the bottom half of the table.

They have seen the resurgent Cardiff Blues climb above them and things don’t get any easier – they face the playoff-chasing Ospreys at the Millennium Stadium on Easter Sunday before heading to the Scarlets and finishing with a home Treviso encounter.

After eyeing a top-half finish for much of the season the Dragons could well head into that Rodney Parade finale looking to avoid the ignominy of a second successive 11th-place finish.

The Dragons trailed 19-6 at the break and were the architects of their own downfall.

They would have been pretty content with their efforts in an extremely scrappy first quarter that saw them enjoying a 6-3 lead thanks to a pair of penalties by fly-half Jason Tovey.

Almost straight after the second of those Treviso number eight Robert Barbieri charged down full-back Dan Evans’ clearance kick and provided wing Ludovico Nitoglia with the simplest of scores.

Fly-half Mat Berquist converted and then put the boot into the Dragons with three easily avoidable penalties that stemmed from their own mistakes – offside from a kick, a scrum offence after the following restart failed to go 10 metres and another after a botched lineout close to their own line.

It was the same old story in Italy for the Dragons, who just a fortnight ago had seen Zebre number 10 Luciano Orquera kick a personal haul of 17 points in a 25-25 draw.

It was going to take a minor miracle for the region to fight back from 19-6 to scavenge a share of the spoils.

And mission improbable swiftly became mission impossible when Italy full-back Luke McLean gliding over untouched just four minutes after the restart.

Shock horror, a TMO decision then went with the home side in Italy when full-back Evans was deemed to have grounded the ball just shy of the line.

If the Dragons were frustrated by that decision then their mood wasn’t helped when Italy centre Michele Campagnaro, man of the match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations, exposed some fragile defence to score over down the right.

The visitors finally crossed the whitewash approaching the hour when lock Matthew Screech was at the bottom of an impressive driving lineout but lack of a Dragons celebration told the story.

However, there were plenty of smiles on Treviso faces when Blues-bound replacement back row forward Manoa Vosawai powered over to bag their bonus point on the hour.

Ross Wardle reduced the deficit to 38-20 when he was on fellow centre Jack Dixon’s shoulder to go under the sticks only for prop Matteo Muccignat to barge over for the hosts’ fifth.

The madcap scoring continued when Dragons lock Cory Hill darted over from close range and suddenly the visitors were chasing a first four-try bonus of the season.

Alas, it failed to come meaning the Dragons have taken seven points out of a possible 40 since the turn of the year.

Treviso scorers: tries – L Nitoglia, L McLean, M Campagnaro, M Vosawai, M Muccignat; conversions – M Berquist (4); penalties – M Berquist (4)

Dragons scorers: tries – M Screech, R Wardle, C Hill; conversions – J Tovey (3); penalties – J Tovey (2)

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

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9:26pm Sat 12 Apr 14

calvinhunt1950@gmail.com says...

So embarassing, will make interesting reading 2 c what the Jone's say about this shambles of a side, u can 4get Judgement Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So embarassing, will make interesting reading 2 c what the Jone's say about this shambles of a side, u can 4get Judgement Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! calvinhunt1950@gmail.com
  • Score: 8

9:42pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Judgement Day? Does anyone need to judge this set-up? It has been judged every year for 12 years and is cursed because of the way it was formed from day one.
Judgement Day? Does anyone need to judge this set-up? It has been judged every year for 12 years and is cursed because of the way it was formed from day one. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

swrxp09 says...

I am sure the Dragoons wus robbed.......Robert Shillabeer told me the ref was rubbish.
I am sure the Dragoons wus robbed.......Robert Shillabeer told me the ref was rubbish. swrxp09
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

swrxp09 wrote:
I am sure the Dragoons wus robbed.......Robert Shillabeer told me the ref was rubbish.
Not seen any reports on the ref or the match, just the unacceptably poor result. I have been a season ticket holder for some 7/8 years now and although some very good performances over the years we simply weren't good enough against a very poor Italian side and after the draw against an even worse Italian side even I am wondering what the hell is going on at the Dragons. We win against some of the better teams in the league and then completely blow it against mediocre sides, why? It's not the coaching, there has been changes there but the results haven't seemed to improve, there has been some changes in the playing staff but still no consistent improvement in the performances, again why? It's time for individual players to seriously look at themselves and personally apologies to the regular fans, not through Facebook or Twitter or even the Argus but in person from the pitch to receive the anger of the paying support that forms thier wages. Rather angry about the serious defeat today, make them get on the training pitch direct from the airport and train them all day Sunday and then every day until the message gets through, rubbish performances are totally acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]swrxp09[/bold] wrote: I am sure the Dragoons wus robbed.......Robert Shillabeer told me the ref was rubbish.[/p][/quote]Not seen any reports on the ref or the match, just the unacceptably poor result. I have been a season ticket holder for some 7/8 years now and although some very good performances over the years we simply weren't good enough against a very poor Italian side and after the draw against an even worse Italian side even I am wondering what the hell is going on at the Dragons. We win against some of the better teams in the league and then completely blow it against mediocre sides, why? It's not the coaching, there has been changes there but the results haven't seemed to improve, there has been some changes in the playing staff but still no consistent improvement in the performances, again why? It's time for individual players to seriously look at themselves and personally apologies to the regular fans, not through Facebook or Twitter or even the Argus but in person from the pitch to receive the anger of the paying support that forms thier wages. Rather angry about the serious defeat today, make them get on the training pitch direct from the airport and train them all day Sunday and then every day until the message gets through, rubbish performances are totally acceptable. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 11

11:22pm Sat 12 Apr 14

cdfdragon says...

Another shambles of a season by a team that increasingly look like they don't care about being losers.

The supporters deserve more. We have stuck by the Dragons for 11 years now and have been completely taken for granted.

Questions need to be asked and new (quality) players need to be brought in otherwise it could be a very quiet and empty Rodney Parade next season.
Another shambles of a season by a team that increasingly look like they don't care about being losers. The supporters deserve more. We have stuck by the Dragons for 11 years now and have been completely taken for granted. Questions need to be asked and new (quality) players need to be brought in otherwise it could be a very quiet and empty Rodney Parade next season. cdfdragon
  • Score: 14

11:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

cdfdragon wrote:
Another shambles of a season by a team that increasingly look like they don't care about being losers.

The supporters deserve more. We have stuck by the Dragons for 11 years now and have been completely taken for granted.

Questions need to be asked and new (quality) players need to be brought in otherwise it could be a very quiet and empty Rodney Parade next season.
Time for the players to be publicly taken to task by the most important people, the paying supporters. No excuses for such a humiliating defeat and by a sizable score line to boot. No good anyone saying they were unlucky, they **** well lost a game against a poor Italian side by a mile all 45 points of it, five tries. Simply put not good enough by a season.
[quote][p][bold]cdfdragon[/bold] wrote: Another shambles of a season by a team that increasingly look like they don't care about being losers. The supporters deserve more. We have stuck by the Dragons for 11 years now and have been completely taken for granted. Questions need to be asked and new (quality) players need to be brought in otherwise it could be a very quiet and empty Rodney Parade next season.[/p][/quote]Time for the players to be publicly taken to task by the most important people, the paying supporters. No excuses for such a humiliating defeat and by a sizable score line to boot. No good anyone saying they were unlucky, they **** well lost a game against a poor Italian side by a mile all 45 points of it, five tries. Simply put not good enough by a season. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 15

1:05am Sun 13 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

Lyn the Clown Jones has to go. The man is a failure always has been. He fits in well at Gwent.
Lyn the Clown Jones has to go. The man is a failure always has been. He fits in well at Gwent. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -18

1:59am Sun 13 Apr 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

Very disappointed by this result, in this form we will end up 11 again! We dont deserve it i think, since darren left we have been pretty rubbish and clueless in attack and our defense has also started to leek tries again! At the first half of the season our defense was strong and our attack stronger.. maybe a unlikely win against the ospreys and scarlets! and then treviso again at home a must win now! all games from now on are must wins.. it will be hard!
Very disappointed by this result, in this form we will end up 11 again! We dont deserve it i think, since darren left we have been pretty rubbish and clueless in attack and our defense has also started to leek tries again! At the first half of the season our defense was strong and our attack stronger.. maybe a unlikely win against the ospreys and scarlets! and then treviso again at home a must win now! all games from now on are must wins.. it will be hard! Dragonsfan81
  • Score: 4

9:02am Sun 13 Apr 14

keithbob says...

laughing stock of welsh rugby,every year we are told we are building for the next season,well,i hope i live long enough to see a team that can compete with even the worst teams in europe,wasnt getting a season ticket this year, but thought i would give lyn/kingsley jones a chance to see if they could do something with this shower,darren edwards leaving wasnt a good sign,the ship sunk long ago im afraid!.hope the returning brew and dads army of signings will bring something to convince the loyal supporters it was worth their hard earned to renew again!.
laughing stock of welsh rugby,every year we are told we are building for the next season,well,i hope i live long enough to see a team that can compete with even the worst teams in europe,wasnt getting a season ticket this year, but thought i would give lyn/kingsley jones a chance to see if they could do something with this shower,darren edwards leaving wasnt a good sign,the ship sunk long ago im afraid!.hope the returning brew and dads army of signings will bring something to convince the loyal supporters it was worth their hard earned to renew again!. keithbob
  • Score: 9

9:36am Sun 13 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

Recent results have been poor, and it seems the side is lacking experience amongst both forwards and backs. However much the age of the new signings has been criticised by some, it is clear that they will bring experience and leadership to the side. I'd still like another quality tighthead in the squad (unless Duncan Bell likes the idea of playing into his forties!) and I think we need a playmaker at centre, something only Ashley Smith has done (with limited success) this year. We also need a backs coach, we can't rely upon consultant coaches from English Championship sides or whatever, and neither Kingsley, Lyn or Steve Jones are really backs specialists. Apart from that the squad is looking good, and hopefully with the new signings in September we will have more motivation for the new season.
Recent results have been poor, and it seems the side is lacking experience amongst both forwards and backs. However much the age of the new signings has been criticised by some, it is clear that they will bring experience and leadership to the side. I'd still like another quality tighthead in the squad (unless Duncan Bell likes the idea of playing into his forties!) and I think we need a playmaker at centre, something only Ashley Smith has done (with limited success) this year. We also need a backs coach, we can't rely upon consultant coaches from English Championship sides or whatever, and neither Kingsley, Lyn or Steve Jones are really backs specialists. Apart from that the squad is looking good, and hopefully with the new signings in September we will have more motivation for the new season. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 9

10:28am Sun 13 Apr 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Lyn the Clown Jones has to go. The man is a failure always has been. He fits in well at Gwent.
Good to see regional cooperation and unanimity are alive and well at the Port as usual.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Lyn the Clown Jones has to go. The man is a failure always has been. He fits in well at Gwent.[/p][/quote]Good to see regional cooperation and unanimity are alive and well at the Port as usual. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: -14

11:51am Sun 13 Apr 14

silurix says...

Disappointing but not totally unexpected. Treviso's away record is bad but their home record compares with Dragons, Blues, Edinburgh and Connacht. They usually get a losing BP for their home defeats too.
Zebre are nailed to the basement but the 5 above them could finish in any order. The really irritating thing is the deterioration in the Dragons' defensive displays ( plus some abject kicking ). It was always going to be a matter of fine margins in the bottom 5/6 so any drop off in performance will have significant effects. Looking at the fixture list it looks as if the last match ( NGD v Treviso ) could be the decider for 11th place. That's quite an exciting prospect. If the Dragons finish 10th then that is undeniably progress compared to last year. Stay positive lads.
Disappointing but not totally unexpected. Treviso's away record is bad but their home record compares with Dragons, Blues, Edinburgh and Connacht. They usually get a losing BP for their home defeats too. Zebre are nailed to the basement but the 5 above them could finish in any order. The really irritating thing is the deterioration in the Dragons' defensive displays ( plus some abject kicking ). It was always going to be a matter of fine margins in the bottom 5/6 so any drop off in performance will have significant effects. Looking at the fixture list it looks as if the last match ( NGD v Treviso ) could be the decider for 11th place. That's quite an exciting prospect. If the Dragons finish 10th then that is undeniably progress compared to last year. Stay positive lads. silurix
  • Score: 11

3:47pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

silurix wrote:
Disappointing but not totally unexpected. Treviso's away record is bad but their home record compares with Dragons, Blues, Edinburgh and Connacht. They usually get a losing BP for their home defeats too.
Zebre are nailed to the basement but the 5 above them could finish in any order. The really irritating thing is the deterioration in the Dragons' defensive displays ( plus some abject kicking ). It was always going to be a matter of fine margins in the bottom 5/6 so any drop off in performance will have significant effects. Looking at the fixture list it looks as if the last match ( NGD v Treviso ) could be the decider for 11th place. That's quite an exciting prospect. If the Dragons finish 10th then that is undeniably progress compared to last year. Stay positive lads.
We have three games left the Ospreys, followed by the Scarlets away and then the return fixture against Treviso. None fil me with any confidence (strange for me because I'm usually very positive) that's why I demand a very public apology from the whole team for such an ignominious performance, not much to ask for just a simple sorry for messing the whole thing up since Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: Disappointing but not totally unexpected. Treviso's away record is bad but their home record compares with Dragons, Blues, Edinburgh and Connacht. They usually get a losing BP for their home defeats too. Zebre are nailed to the basement but the 5 above them could finish in any order. The really irritating thing is the deterioration in the Dragons' defensive displays ( plus some abject kicking ). It was always going to be a matter of fine margins in the bottom 5/6 so any drop off in performance will have significant effects. Looking at the fixture list it looks as if the last match ( NGD v Treviso ) could be the decider for 11th place. That's quite an exciting prospect. If the Dragons finish 10th then that is undeniably progress compared to last year. Stay positive lads.[/p][/quote]We have three games left the Ospreys, followed by the Scarlets away and then the return fixture against Treviso. None fil me with any confidence (strange for me because I'm usually very positive) that's why I demand a very public apology from the whole team for such an ignominious performance, not much to ask for just a simple sorry for messing the whole thing up since Christmas. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 2

7:55pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Watched the highlights on scrumV, what an abject defense for three tries, not a finger laid on them from inside the 22. Kingsley even said we must bounce back against the Ospreys, I'd like a glass of what he's on, must be potent stuff. Nothing like what he should have said, like we failed to perform the basics of defending let alone trying to win the game, very very disappointed to say the least.
Watched the highlights on scrumV, what an abject defense for three tries, not a finger laid on them from inside the 22. Kingsley even said we must bounce back against the Ospreys, I'd like a glass of what he's on, must be potent stuff. Nothing like what he should have said, like we failed to perform the basics of defending let alone trying to win the game, very very disappointed to say the least. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 2

8:56am Mon 14 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area.

I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them!
I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area. I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them! Thor at the door
  • Score: -16

9:41am Mon 14 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

Thor at the door wrote:
I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area.

I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them!
I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do!
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area. I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them![/p][/quote]I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do! Caerleonboy
  • Score: 10

11:11am Mon 14 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

Caerleonboy wrote:
Thor at the door wrote:
I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area.

I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them!
I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do!
Well said. But I still think ponty would beat the Dragons.....
[quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area. I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them![/p][/quote]I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do![/p][/quote]Well said. But I still think ponty would beat the Dragons..... Thor at the door
  • Score: -7

6:50pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Euwan Usami says...

Thor at the door wrote:
Caerleonboy wrote:
Thor at the door wrote:
I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area.

I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them!
I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do!
Well said. But I still think ponty would beat the Dragons.....
All credit to Ponty in what they achieved this season but they have dominated a league that some have said is not fit for purpose. That being to support the regions. Ponty are a big fish in a little pond imo. I have seen Newport RFC centres run straight through their defence at Sardis Road, honestly, I don't think they could manage the step up to Pro12. It's the same dilemma that caused the shambolic formation of the regions to begin with when Welsh clubs existed in their own bubble before reality struck whenever the international side faced opposition from elsewhere. I wish there were the cash to support the fifth region. I have nothing against Ponty or their supporters but there is a gulf between semi and fully pro rugby.
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area. I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them![/p][/quote]I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do![/p][/quote]Well said. But I still think ponty would beat the Dragons.....[/p][/quote]All credit to Ponty in what they achieved this season but they have dominated a league that some have said is not fit for purpose. That being to support the regions. Ponty are a big fish in a little pond imo. I have seen Newport RFC centres run straight through their defence at Sardis Road, honestly, I don't think they could manage the step up to Pro12. It's the same dilemma that caused the shambolic formation of the regions to begin with when Welsh clubs existed in their own bubble before reality struck whenever the international side faced opposition from elsewhere. I wish there were the cash to support the fifth region. I have nothing against Ponty or their supporters but there is a gulf between semi and fully pro rugby. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 4

8:33pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Caerleonboy wrote:
Thor at the door wrote:
I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area.

I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them!
I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do!
Umm the Dragons did that after the Ponty based regional side folded and picked up some very useful players. Perhaps it could happen again but with the head coach of Ponty now at the Blues it's unlikely they would go anywhere other than the Blues (unfortunately).
[quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: I think the Dragons should be scrapped. Re-form the Celtic Warriors, the Ponty team at the momnet would hammer the Dragons and give the rest a run for their money. Lots of talent in that area and the lads who play for them are mostly from that area. I know that players from other areas would come in, but what a fan base they would have and perhaps the best of the bad bunch of dragons might pick up a contract with them![/p][/quote]I highly doubt that Pontypridd would really beat a full strength Dragons side, but credit must be given to Ponty for their performances and results over the past couple of seasons. To me it's obvious that some of their players should at least be given a chance of playing regional rugby, something the Blues have failed to allow them to do. Maybe the Dragons should have a look at signing up a couple of Ponty players, especially younger ones that have potential to develop into future internationals but are playing at a decent standard already. Get them before the Blues do![/p][/quote]Umm the Dragons did that after the Ponty based regional side folded and picked up some very useful players. Perhaps it could happen again but with the head coach of Ponty now at the Blues it's unlikely they would go anywhere other than the Blues (unfortunately). Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 0

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