DRAGONS star Ashton Hewitt has spoken of his frustration following his side's defeat at the hands of Leinster

He said that Dragons had "addressed some of the things that we were working on", but he said that despite this, he was frustrated that "you feel you’ve got better in some areas that you have targeted but others have slipped a little bit".

“We gave them ins to the game," he said.

"It took us a bit too long to recognise how to stop their momentum.

“Ultimately we spent enough time in their 22 and didn’t take that and turn pressure into points.

“It’s a good start for us, in that we have positives and pushed Leinster for large parts, it is just a shame about the final score line."


He said that the most frustrating thing for the side, and for Dean (Ryan), was that "you can’t fault the boys and the work".

“We work hard," he said.

"I just think there are crucial parts in the game when we need to be a bit smarter.

Looking ahead to Friday's clash with Zebre, Hewitt said that he was glad to be back playing at Rodney Parade.

“Zebre have improved massively over the last couple of seasons and when they turn up, they turn up to play," he said.

“It’s good, coming off the back of the Leinster game, that we are back at Rodney Parade.

“Even though there are no fans there, it is a good environment for us.

“It will be nice not to travel and we’ve got to get back to it and look to right the wrongs of the game in Dublin."

Despite the "wrongs" of the Leinster game, Hewitt did manage to score a fantastic try.

There was a period where it looked like it may be ruled out.

However, Hewitt says he was always convinced it was a try.

“Yeah, I never had any doubt,” he said.

“It’s always nice to score, but we came to get a win so it is a bittersweet moment.”