DEAN Ryan is ready to wield the axe for the Dragons after accusing his players of talking the talk but not walking the walk.

The Rodney Parade region are still without a home win this season after a 38-19 defeat to the Scarlets when they collapsed in the final quarter.

The Dragons failed to take a glut of chances inside the 22 in the first half to trail 17-0 before centre Jack Dixon powered over to give them hope.

Tries by full-back Jordan Williams and centre Adam Warren earned a 19-17 lead on the hour only for the hosts to ship three more tries to the Scarlets.

“Our error rate and our quality of play is not good enough,” said director of rugby Ryan. “That is something that we have got to address.

“We have got to get to a stage where we don’t pick them, and that’s quite difficult for us because it’s quite clear at the moment that when we lose people our levels of depth are not there.

“The only thing that is going to change that is that we won’t pick them, because we are quite aligned in what we talk about but we are not aligned in what happens out there.

“There are two or three mistakes in that second half that put them straight back on the five-metre line, which is not acceptable.

“They were there for the taking when we got to that point at 19-17, get back into their half and hold onto the ball and something would have come for us.

“But for some reason we thought about other things and that is something that we have to be really hard on next week.”

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The Dragons failed to back up their shock win in Llanelli and have won just twice all season, with their last success on home soil being against the Scarlets in the Rainbow Cup last April.

“We are too often sitting in changing rooms talking about what we could have done, we are not taking ownership of things,” said Ryan, whose side take on winless Zebre in Parma next.

“It’s a common theme and sadly that’s something that I can’t force on the side, because the quality of depth isn’t there, but that is something that we are working towards.

“We have to change and you need to ask why we are not doing the things that we talk about doing.

“We have got to mature because we are not here just to entertain, we want wins. There is a level of maturity that comes with taking performances to wins, and we are not showing it.”

The Dragons had 66 per cent possession and 67 per cent territory yet were outscored six tries to three.

“We gifted them opportunities in the first half hour. We should have scored twice in that first 20 minutes as well as giving them two tries,” said Ryan.

“We talked about playing more with the ball but then we just coughed it up and they scored twice from no pressure.

“That is just not good enough. Our error rate in that period was just not good enough.

“We got ourselves back to a point where I thought the game was coming to us and then we just once again haemorrhaged errors.

“People were jumping around doing different things and ultimately the Scarlets’ drive and scrum at the end, after we lost Will Rowlands, Aaron Wainwright and Aki Seiuli, we didn’t have the power to stop that.”

The Dragons travel to Zebre, face derbies at the Ospreys and at home to Cardiff and then finish against the Lions at Rodney Parade.