DRAGONS boss Dean Ryan lamented “moments of madness” that led to the humiliation of becoming Zebre’s first scalp of the season.

The Italians headed into Saturday’s United Rugby Championship fixture off the back of 18 straight defeats but took the spoils 23-18 in Parma.

The Dragons have endured their own torrid campaign featuring just two wins and a draw but looked set to avoid the banana skin when leading 18-11 in the final quarter.

However, they imploded after yellow cards for wing Jared Rosser and fly-half Sam Davies.

“It’s another game that we get into a position where we have got control but then we have moments of madness,” said director of rugby Ryan.

“We go from a situation where we are in the lead to suddenly being down to 13 men and we are under the pump.

“Then ten minutes of that game drifts away until we can get back organisationally.”

“We have got to take responsibility for what happened (with the yellow cards),” he continued.

“The players have got to take responsibility for being a situation where we are in control of a game to suddenly having to spend ten minutes with 13 men.

“Until we do, we are never going to close it out because we can’t play for ten minutes with 13 men.”

With Wales forwards Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty and Ollie Griffiths absent through injury, Ryan made his traditional complaint about squad quality despite most of the players being on the books for next season.

“It continues to reinforce the depth that we’ve got, with six internationals away, isn’t appropriate for us to be competitive,” he said.

“It’s reinforcing the need for us to recruit into next year and at the same time try and develop others.

“I thought some of the youngsters that came on certainly looked like they have got more to offer as we go forward.

“It’s that combination of youngsters and recruitment that will move us away from these types of games.”

Next up for the Dragons is a trip to the Ospreys, who hammered the Scarlets in a cracker on Saturday, before home games with Cardiff and the Lions.