Dragons young gun Ieuan Jones chasing Bath spot
6:02am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
BACK row forward Ieuan Jones hopes that he has given Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones food for thought ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath, writes Chris Kirwan.
The Rodney Parade region go into the game at the Rec on the back of a 50-8 bonus-point victory against Pool Two minnows Mogliano.
Jones made his first start of the season against the Italians and caught the eye with his usual tenacity with ball in hand and appetite for the collisions in defence.
The 20-year-old, who came off the bench in the RaboDirect Pro12 encounters with Munster and Zebre, also crossed for a try in the second half in a performance that keeps the heat on Lions ace Toby Faletau and Fijian back row forward Netani Talei.
"The squad is so hard to pick," said Wales Under-20s prospect Jones. "Everyone seems to be performing well and every time that you put the jersey on you know that you have to fill it well.
"I've just had to keep plugging away in training because things have gone well for the team. We all have plenty of things to work on and I'll keep doing that.
"It was good to get out on the pitch against Mogliano, it was my first start and I enjoyed getting 80 minutes.
"After going well in the league it was the start of a new challenge, we got the bonus-point win and now we can look forward to Bath."
- Pool Two favourites Bath got their campaign off to a winning start by beating Bordeaux Begles 15-6 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
The English club, who qualified for the quarter-finals as top seeds last season, won thanks to five penalties by fly-half George Ford with the diminutive number 10 ensuring the hosts failed to even register a losing bonus point with a kick at the death.
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