OLLIE Griffiths insists the Dragons' travel sickness in the Guinness PRO14 isn't because of psychological barriers.

The Rodney Parade region haven't celebrated an away league success since a crushing 32-17 win in Treviso in March, 2015.

Griffiths, who had turned 20 earlier that week, came off the bench in Italy to make his fifth Dragons appearance and had to wait until the next campaign to enjoy a first senior start.

He may have been under the impression that winning on the road was nothing novel but since Treviso it has been nothing but misery when the region travels in the PRO14.

They have lost 39 games on the spin and have five shots at ending the nightmare streak left this season with Edinburgh first up at Murrayfield on Friday, followed by Benetton, the Ospreys, Southern Kings and Cheetahs.

The Dragons will be underdogs against the Champions Cup quarter-finalists, who sit third in Conference B, but Griffiths insists there are no mental barriers to causing an upset.

"I didn't realise it was that long in the league," he said. "I can only speak personally and I just approach it as any other game.

"We would all rather play at home and it is nice to play at home, but when you go away it is just another game.

"I don't go into games thinking about our recent away performances or our record. It is just another game.

"Once you get that win you have the confidence, so it would be good to get that away win.

"As a team we have spoken about the fact we have got Edinburgh away and Benetton away, which are both definitely games we can target to win.

"Shortly after that we have got a trip to South Africa, so we have a lot of away fixtures and one more home game. Now it is about getting those away wins and building some momentum over the coming weeks."

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The Dragons triumphed 18-12 when they entertained Edinburgh in November thanks to a brace from wing Jared Rosser.

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There are no Six Nations fixtures next weekend but Richard Cockerill is still likely to be without the majority of his Scotland contingent – seven feature against Ireland today – for the return to PRO14.

"We managed to do a good job on Edinburgh when we played at Rodney Parade so going up there we will be quietly confident," said Griffiths.

"It will be a tough task. They have been very good lately, but maybe will be missing a lot of internationals so we will have a good chance. We are looking forward to it."

Griffiths will lead the charge at Murrayfield in the absence of Wales back row forwards Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty, who will take to the field at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.

The 23-year-old from Newbridge could well have been in the mix for Rome only to suffer a December knee injury that prevented him from making an impression on Warren Gatland in the festive derbies.

"My season has been up and down," he said. "It's not been great in terms of injuries, although I have only missed around six games.

"It was just the timing as I missed the derbies which I was very disappointed with as they are the biggest games of the season. I was gutted about that.

"Hopefully I will be injury free now and can perform well in the last block of games. I just want to play as much as I can now and stay fit."

"I can't believe how quickly the season has gone, especially since Christmas."