CAPTAIN Rhodri Williams can’t wait for a return to home comforts – and he is keen to see fans turn out in force when the Dragons take on Cheetahs and Benetton in a Rodney Parade double-header.

The Welsh region host the South Africans on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm), before entertaining Kieran Crowley’s men from Treviso in a rearranged game next Friday (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Guinness PRO14 encounters come on the back a 34-19 league defeat by Glasgow Warriors and will give Dragons supporters their first taste of rugby in Newport since January 17.

“We love playing at home, the crowd gets behind us and hopefully we will get a good turnout for these back-to-back games,” said scrum-half Williams.

“Hopefully the weather will be better and we can play a bit.

“We are all looking forward to getting back home and getting some games at Rodney Parade under our belt.”

Williams gave the Dragons a dream start at Scotstoun Stadium last Saturday, scoring an interception try less than 60 seconds in.

He also crossed in the second half after being on the end of a flowing move involving fly-half Sam Davies and hooker Ellis Shipp.

Ashton Hewitt collected a Joe Davies charge down to get the visitors’ third try of the night, but by then the Warriors had notched four of their own.

They added a fifth in the closing stages to seal a victory that saw them gain revenge for an 18-5 reverse to the Dragons in October.

“Conditions played a huge part in the game and although we went in at half-time 10 points down, we still felt confident,” added Williams.

“The wind played a big role in the game and we probably didn’t really capitalise on it in the second half.

“We let them up the field quite cheaply with our indiscipline and defensive errors, but it is a positive game for us and we take plenty from it.

“We are going to learn from games like that.”

He added: “My try after one minute felt like a long way into that wind.

“It was a one of those when I was in the right place at the right time and I just managed to get the legs going.

“The second one was after a great break from Sam (Davies) and a nice pass from Shippy (Ellis Shipp).

“We showed with that score what we are capable of.

“We had a good first half. A few things didn’t go our way, but we were in a good place and felt good going out for the second half.

“It was the third quarter of the game where it got away from us.

“Credit to Glasgow, they turned the screw and they have some fantastic players throughout the team.

“They have experienced players who put us on the back foot in the second half, although we had our chances and scored two good tries.

“We thought we had a chance to win it going into that final 10 minutes and there are a few errors we now need to work on.

“We will review what went wrong and look to put that right next week.”