RICHARD Hibbard is sick of being encouraged by battling displays on the road – the Dragons captain wants to finally celebrate a Guinness PRO14 win in an away changing room.

The former Wales and Lions hooker will lead the charge in Treviso this afternoon (kick-off 1pm) as the Rodney Parade region attempt to triumph on their travels in the league for the first time since March, 2015.

Their last success was at the Stadio Monigo and that 32-17 triumph has been followed by 40 successive losses.

The Dragons were close to ending that streak at the end of December when denied a draw with the last kick at Cardiff Blues while last week they were level-pegging on the hour at Edinburgh.

However, they shipped three tries in the final quarter at Murrayfield to leave with nothing to show for their plucky performance.

"It was a tough one to reflect on. We were in control for 60 minutes but made a few bad decisions," said Hibbard, who arrived from Gloucester last summer. "We kept giving possession back to them – we must like defending!

But it was a hard one to take, gifting them the result and the scoreline flattered them after the effort that we put in.

"To be honest I am sick of being encouraged by how well we have done. It was the same against Munster (when beaten 8-7 at home in January).

"It's about time that we turn that into results now, our away record is not great and we definitely need to pick one up.

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"That's what we are striving to do, as a group we have grown and that can be seen in how we are playing and how we are dealing with our opposition.

"It's just that extra one per cent now and finishing it off, because there are huge positives from the efforts of the boys.

"It's important that we do get a win away from home to put the record to bed. When we get it other wins will become easier. It's so close but we are our own worst enemy at times."

The Dragons are without their six-strong Wales contingent but Benetton have 14 players in the Italy matchday squad for tomorrow's Six Nations clash with Ireland in Rome.

But even though they are without their Azzurri stars, the hosts are in a winning habit and are fresh from a home success against the Scarlets in the tussle for play-off spots.

"If you have any big contingent from an international team then it raises the standards throughout the squad, they know what is acceptable on and off the field," said Hibbard.

"Such a big contingent picks up everybody else and it has done wonders for Benetton's squad. There is no drop-off, the players come in at their level and that's what we are looking to create as well.

"The boys who have stepped in have put in some huge performances, and they know they have to play well if they want to keep their place.

"Benetton have been going very well this season, beat the Scarlets out there last week and we know that it is going to be a huge task.

"They are big, physical blokes and we have to meet that and not make the same mistakes of last week.

"It is about habits, you forget how to lose sometimes and winning has a knock-on effect. Benetton are doing that and getting results."