BOSS Ceri Jones says the "shell-shocked" Dragons can't just write their Benetton humiliation off as a bad day at the office and will make them sit through the video nasty.

The Rodney Parade region's nightmare losing streak on the road in the Guinness PRO14 stretched to 41 games with a 57-7 embarrassment in Treviso.

Benetton had their four-try bonus before half an hour had been played and added five more scores with the Dragons' sole effort coming from wing Jared Rosser.

The visitors missed 39 tackles and Jones, who had called for his side to show more resilience after being level with Edinburgh after an hour in their defeat at Murrayfield, bemoaned their mental fragility.

The Dragons have a rest day on Monday but will then pick over the bones of the nine-try humbling in a long debrief at their Ystrad Mynach training base.

"Benetton were very good and credit to them for the way they performed, but mentally we were possibly not where we needed to be during the game," said Jones.

"When Benetton got momentum we had a job to control it. We compounded mistakes with more unforced errors with missed exits and tackles.

"As soon as they got four tries it was a case of them bringing their offloading game and that was difficult to stop once they got into their stride.

"We've got to learn from this, watch the video back and see where we went wrong. You can't just write it off as a bad day at the office.

"Defensively we were nowhere near where we have been the last month or so. We were really poor, missed tackles and our accuracy in the middle part of the game just fed the beast.

"We lost Ollie Griffiths and James Benjamin in the first half at almost the same time which was disruptive. Lewis Evans also picked up a knock and was struggling, but had to carry on. But that's no excuse."

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The Dragons play their final Rodney Parade game of the season on Sunday when they entertain Ulster, another play-off contender in Conference B.

Last time in Newport they pushed title hopefuls Munster all the way in an 8-7 loss and Jones knows that another battling display is essential in front of their long-suffering supporters.

"The players are a little shell-shocked as a group. We didn't see that coming after a good week of preparation. On the day we simply didn't perform," he said.

"Next Sunday is now a cup final for us. It's the end of what has been a tough block of fixtures and we need to produce back at Rodney Parade.

"We simply cannot afford a repeat of what we produced in Italy."