SAM Davies believes the Dragons have found their "point of difference" by playing at pace, with the aim of being faster than their bigger rivals in the PRO14.

It has been an up and down campaign for the Rodney Parade side, who have one more game to play at Leinster in the Rainbow Cup on Friday (kick-off 8.15pm).

Dean Ryan's side endured a testing first half of the season and suffered a trio of derby defeats over Christmas before finding their form in the Guinness PRO14 run-in to push Glasgow all the way for Champions Cup qualification.

They have lost three of four fixtures in the Rainbow Cup but continue to look a threat with ball in hand, with Argentina scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou a growing influence by upping the tempo.

Since their March 6 trip to the Ospreys the Dragons have scored 27 tries in eight games.

Fly-half Davies is encouraged and hopes that they can take their more expansive style into next season.

Sam Davies of Dragons bursts through to score try

Sam Davies of Dragons bursts through to score try

"The good weather has helped with a lot of the games and we are getting a new pitch at Rodney Parade for next season, which is great news," said the Wales international.

"With fans coming back, hopefully we can keep up this brand of rugby that has got people talking and got people excited.

"We will have a few weeks off after Leinster but it won't just disappear, we have been building this for a while.

"In the first season I was here we had to adapt to games in the rain to get a few wins.

"This season has been about expanding that and changing our game so that we have got a point of difference.

"We are starting to find that with the pace that we play at.

"We are not the biggest team but we will try and be quicker than the opposition, fitter and move the ball about.

"We have found a point of difference and it seems to have worked since the Ospreys away game, and we are going to gold onto that going into next season."

Gordon Ross talks to Ashton Hewitt of Dragons.

Gordon Ross talks to Ashton Hewitt of Dragons.

Gordon Ross joined the Dragons management as attack coach last summer and Davies believes the former Scotland has made an impact at Rodney Parade.

"I've really enjoyed working with Gordon," he said. "Some of our first-phases attack has been good and he brought his ideas in for that while we've improvement our movement and phase-attack game.

"I do enjoy working with him, we bounce ideas off each other and come up with plans. We challenge ourselves to score off first phase most games and have been pretty successful with that."

The Dragons finish their season in front of 1,200 Leinster fans at the Royal Dublin Society on Friday night.

The Irish province can no longer win the Rainbow Cup with the European place in the final against a South African side, which will be in Treviso, now between Glasgow, Benetton and Munster.