Jones: Dragons need to grow up to enjoy Euro success in Bath
9:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones has called on his charges to "grow up" on their travels as they prepare for a crunch European clash, writes Chris Kirwan.
The region need to leave the Rec with something to show for their efforts on Saturday when they take on Pool Two favourites Bath in the Amlin Challenge Cup (kick-off 3pm).
Jones says that the squad needs to change their mindset to do that after being frustrated with what he has seen from them on the road.
The Dragons have made a good start to the season in the RaboDirect Pro12 but suffered a pair of disappointments on their travels.
The provided a poor Edinburgh side with their only league win of the campaign so far and then failed to push Munster out of second gear in Cork.
Those performances contrast starkly with those at Rodney Parade, where they have beaten Ulster, the Scarlets, Zebre and Mogliano.
"We've been away to Edinburgh and Munster and simply haven't believed that we can win," lamented Jones.
"We've got a bunch of losers when we play away and that's the biggest hangover from last season (when they were beaten on their travels 13 times and only took the spoils against Zebre in the Pro12, Mogliano in the Amlin and his London Welsh side in the LV= Cup).
"I don't know if the boys are afraid of Bath or whoever but we've got to stop this – we have got to grow up when we leave Rodney Parade."
A win in Bath would put the Dragons in the box seat for the quarter-finals ahead of their December double-header with Bordeaux Begles.
But last-eight hopes would be hit hard if their hosts, who won 15-6 in France last weekend, are victorious and Jones' side fail to bag a bonus point.
"The most important thing for us is getting to round five with our destiny in our own hands," he said.
"Bath are in charge of the group after their win in Bordeaux and are a very talented side with ability from 1 to 15.
"They play a strong, limited game and we need to deal with that and push them into Plan B."
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