THE Dragons secured back-to-back European Challenge Cup victories on Friday as they cruised to a seven-try 49-22 win in Russia against Enisei-STM.

Here are the talking points from an assured Dragons performance in Krasnodar.

Seven tries and a bonus point – job done

The Dragons were favourites going into the Pool One clash but, as they knew from the fixture in Russia three years earlier, Enisei can upset the apple cart.

However, after a tight first half, the Dragons showed they are a class above the Russians, seizing on some poor play from the hosts to cruise to victory.

Only Arwel Robson’s late first half try made sure the visitors were level at the break and, who knows, maybe other Dragons sides in recent seasons would have struggled to get the job done.

Ryan proud of young squad’s maturity

Boss Dean Ryan, as he said he would, kept the core of the team that beat Castres the previous week and gave chances to others with seven changes to the starting XV.

And the relatively young line-up came good, with Ryan delighted by the maturity of their display under testing conditions.

Basham shines yet again

Back-row star Taine Basham showed his prowess at number eight after moving from the openside following his hat-trick heroics against Castres.

He may not have got on the scoresheet this time, but the man who received a call-up to the Wales squad last week delivered another impressive performance.

The 20-year-old had a hand in a couple of the Dragons’ tries, most noticeably the one for Dafydd Howells when he brushed aside an Enisei tackler with ease before feeding the winger.

It will be interesting to see know if he will be involved against the Barbarians on Saturday.

Mixed day for Jordan

Full-back Jordan Williams had come back into the side and initially took his chance with aplomb, picking up a loose ball 10 metres from his own line to race the length of the field for the game's opening try.

But his afternoon turned sour when he had to be helped from the pitch later in the first half with an ankle injury, the extent of which has not been revealed by the Dragons.

Unfortunately for the Dragons, replacement Jacob Botica came off second best in a nasty clash of heads right on the final whistle.