JARRYD Sage is out to prove a point on home soil when he lines up for the Dragons against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday (kick-off 5.35pm).

The 22-year-old moved to Rodney Parade after making a solitary appearance for the South Africans in their home Guinness PRO14 encounter with Ulster.

Sage, who qualifies for Wales through his father from Newbridge, made his Dragons debut against the Ospreys on New Year's Eve and has made five appearances, scoring a try in the Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Worcester.

The centre played for Western Province and the Golden Lions before signing for the Kings, only to find chances limited at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"It will be a nice game for me and playing against an old team always gives you a bit of extra motivation to prove yourself," said Sage, whose brother Dylan is a South Africa 7s international who won Olympic bronze in 2016.

"I didn't play much at the Kings so want to go back there and almost show them what they lost. It's a very exciting game for me and it will be good to play in front of my family."

Sage's Welsh heritage means that he has long been on the radar of the WRU and he jumped at the chance to head for Rodney Parade.

Dragons boss Bernard Jackman brought him in this season rather than in the summer to get the South African acclimatised to European rugby but the new boy isn't one for playing second fiddle while learning.

"I am loving it here, I have had some good game time and that's always nice," said Sage, who hails from Cape Town.

"I wouldn't say that this season is about building for next year – I wanted to make an impact as soon as I got here.

"For me it was never about being patient for next year, it has been about the now and stamping my foot down and showing what I can do. I wanted to come in and work hard straight away to fight for a starting position."

Sage, an unused replacement in last week's 25-12 loss to Edinburgh in Ebbw Vale, could provide the Dragons management with some insider knowledge for tomorrow's encounter but believes the old rugby mantra of looking after one's own performance is more appropriate.

"It's a different experience and environment for us but I don't think that my advice will really be needed, we've just got to go out there and work on the performance from last week," he said.

"The Kings are going to target this game because they haven't won yet. It will be a tough fight but we've just got to do what is needed for the win."

The Kings have lost all 16 games in the PRO14 and are fresh from heavy defeats on the road to Ulster, the Ospreys and Leinster.

They are, however, more threatening on home soil and forced the Scarlets to cling on for a 34-30 win in November.

That was one of two narrow defeats with their other losing consolation point coming against Ulster on home soil in November when Sage made his solitary appearance off the bench.

The Kings finish with all their games on South African soil with the Dragons followed by Benetton, Munster, Cardiff Blues and the Cheetahs.

Bernard Jackman's side are attempting to win on the road for the first time in the league since beating Treviso in March, 2015.