ELLIOT Dee has pledged that the Dragons will be dogged and scrap for everything at Judgement Day after drawing the ire of Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies for their approach last year.

The west Walians triumphed 33-8 at Principality Stadium last season but only led 7-3 at half-time against an inexperienced Dragons team.

Davies' frustration led to feisty post-match comments, which in turn prompted his boss Wayne Pivac to order the Wales half-back to apologise.

"Every time we play against the Dragons they seem to bring us down to their level of rugby, which is very average in my opinion," he said.

"The Dragons are not up to much are there? Like I said, they brought us down to their standard of rugby, which is very frustrating for us."

Dee, who is set to be captain at Principality Stadium in the absence of injured lock Cory Hill, wants to frustrate the Guinness PRO14 hopefuls once again with a tenacious effort.

"When you come off the field you sometimes get caught in the heat of the moment, maybe Ga wouldn't have said those things if he had been asked a day later," said the Wales hooker.

"It was something that the boys took on board and it would be great if we can prove them wrong.

"We are not going to roll over, there is a never say die attitude in the group and we want to scrap for everything we can get.

"We are aware that times are tough at the moment but we are tightknit and will come to put in our best performance.

"Hopefully people will see a lot of fight because we want to pride ourselves on that moving forward. We want to be a dogged team and want to be hard to play against. We don't want anyone to see us as easy targets."

It has been another nightmare season for the Dragons, who head into final weekend aiming to climb off the bottom of Conference B ahead of the Kings, who take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The high was undoubtedly the December derby win against the Ospreys, ending a four-year drought against regional rivals, but that would be eclipsed by stunning the Scarlets to break the Judgement Day duck at the seventh time of asking.

"At the start of the season we sat down and wrote down some goals. One was to get the monkey off our back with a derby win, which we did against the Ospreys at Christmas time," said Dee.

"In training earlier this week we talked about how much that meant to us and it's something that we are all desperate to feel again.

"For some of the younger boys to experience a win against the Scarlets in the stadium would be brilliant."

The Dragons have beaten the Scarlets just once in their last 21 meetings in the PRO14, a 23-16 success in Newport in September, 2013.

They lost 22-13 in Llanelli in January after being outmuscled at the set piece, their solitary try coming from flanker James Benjamin in the last minute.

The teams are named at midday with Wales centre Tyler Morgan set to boost the Dragons after recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss the draw with the Kings and loss to the Cheetahs.

Ceri Jones' men will leapfrog the Kings at the bottom of Conference B if they better the South Africans' match points tally.