FORWARDS coach Luke Narraway says the Dragons “need to provide a better platform” for the squad’s young guns after a below-par second-half display against the Scarlets.

The likes of Ben Moa, Ryan Woodman, Joe Westwood and Che Hope got minutes under their belts on Friday, as Dragons A lost 29-10 to the Scarlets Development side at Rodney Parade.

And while happy with how the youngsters went, Narraway felt the performance of the hosts after the break was “not reflective” of “the way we want to play”.

Scrum-half Dan Babos crossed for two first-half tries before the visitors pulled clear in the second period to win by a comfortable margin.

“There is a way we want to play, and that performance was not reflective of that,” said Narraway,

“We scored a couple of tries in the first half and I thought we had some nice forward domination up front. Our scrum was going well, our drive looked strong into a wind.

“At times we got what we were looking for, but there were also signs, that we talked about at half-time, that we needed to correct.

“We came out in the second half and didn’t see that. It didn’t resemble what we want to be, so we need to look at ourselves and ask why.”

Narraway was full of praise for the academy players who enjoyed senior exposure in front of nearly 1,500 supporters.

“There were a few young lads making first appearances on that stage and that was a positive,” he added.

“Ben Moa came on early and was fantastic. He showed glimpses of what we hope we can see more of in the future.

“Ryan Woodman got some minutes at the end, Joe Westwood came on, Che Hope looked lively before he hurt his shoulder.

“There are some good performances there, but as a collective, we didn’t make sure that it was the experience they wanted.

“There were a lot of young lads out there and we need to provide a better platform for them so they can perform.”