BOSS Dean Ryan said his Dragons side showed that they can be a side for all weather after ‘rolling their sleeves up’ to beat Glasgow in the Guinness PRO14.

The Rodney Parade region beat the Warriors 18-5 in Newport thanks to eight points from the boot of fly-half Sam Davies and tries from flanker Taine Basham and wing Ashton Hewitt.

It was the perfect response to being outmuscled by Connacht in the rain a fortnight earlier, the second time they had been squeezed up front by Irish opposition.

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“We know what went wrong in those first few games,” said director of rugby Ryan. “We were well beaten in Munster and well beaten by Connacht at the basics of the game, in terms of driving lineout, kicking, field position.

“Today we turned up and it was chucking it down with rain and it was a game about those areas again.

“We talked about simplifying things during the week, we talked about prioritising those areas and not hiding away from them. We didn’t hide today and managed the game well and kept the pressure on.

“We knew Glasgow wanted to play so they would have been frustrated when they saw the weather conditions too. We had to make sure we squeezed them.

“I am just disappointed we didn’t nil them in the end. That would have been a big psychological step too.”

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The Dragons ran in seven tries to beat Zebre in Parma but Ryan was pleased that they ground out a win in the cold Newport wind and rain.

“We want to be known for working hard. We have seen elements when we have been on dry tracks that we can play, but we need to adapt,” he said.

“When it comes to days like today, I want the Dragons to be known as a side that will roll their sleeves up and work. Today was great to see us get a victory on the back of that.”