Darren Edwards: Job done ahead of Bath tester
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons hailed a job well done after easing past Mogliano in their Amlin Challenge Cup opener but acknowledged the need to find their cutting edge.
Centre Ross Wardle, prop Francisco Chaparro, scrum-half Jonathan Evans, wing Will Harries (2), back row forward Ieuan Jones and centre Adam Hughes crossed for tries in the 50-8 win against the Italian minnows at Rodney Parade.
The Dragons could and should have racked up more points against their plucky but outclassed opponents.
Nonetheless, they head to Pool Two favourites Bath next Saturday with a bonus-point win under their belts and some selection headaches.
“In terms of maximum points and getting guys game time it was job done,” said head coach Darren Edwards. “Some individual performances were really pleasing and the guys are playing for their shirts.
“Playing against the unknown throws up questions, we answered some with good bouts of play but in other areas we were disappointed.
“We should have scored more points, there were a lot more chances than you get in RaboDirect Pro12 games and we need to convert them in the really tough matches.”
Captain Robert Sidoli paid tribute to Mogliano after they dug deep in the second half to limit the damage after turning around 31-3 down.
“I thought that Mogliano played really well in the first 20 minutes of the second half – they wanted to play and tested our defence,” said the lock.
“I was very pleased with how we started the game, we were clinical when we needed to be (bagging the bonus point before half-time).
“Three or four opportunities were missed in the second half, on reflection that’s disappointing but it’s good to create them.
“The only criticism would have been our discipline – staying on our feet, rolling away – and the interpretation of the ref (David Wilkinson) was a big factor.
“In fairness he did talk to me and the boys, we just need to be a bit sharper with how we react to that.”