Lyn Jones: Dragons need to kick their bad habits... again
10:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
DIRECTOR of rugby Lyn Jones has demanded that his charges kick their bad habits when they welcome RaboDirect Pro12 champions Leinster to Rodney Parade after suffering a relapse.
After a nightmare 2012/13 the Dragons have made an encouraging start to the season, sitting in sixth place and above Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets.
But they head into tomorrow's clash (kick-off 7.05pm) on the back of an awful performance and terrible result against the Ospreys.
The defeat at the Liberty Stadium was even more comprehensive than the 40-17 scoreline suggests and brought back memories of last year.
In 2012/13 they allowed 10 of their 22 league opponents to claim bonus points but the Ospreys were the first team to bag a five-point hail this season.
Jones, who arrived in the summer from London Welsh, hopes that a chastening night in west Wales will serve as a wake-up call for his side, who have won all four games at Rodney Parade this season.
"Last Friday night, as ugly as it was for us, was much-needed," he said. "Lots of bad habits from last year had come back. It sharpens your game up when you get a kick in the teeth like that."
Leinster have been preparing without 17 players who have been named in the Ireland squad by their former boss Joe Schmidt for the autumn internationals.
The Dubliners will head over to Wales without Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien but some fringe internationals may be released.
However, the recent past has proved to the Dragons that Leinster, who have won the last six meetings between the sides, boast a wealth of talent and Jones believes the Irish young guns will be dangerous.
"They've got a lot of good players and you have to keep an eye out for those that have plenty of motivation," he said.
"The boys that are given the opportunity after being second choice to Brian O'Driscoll, for example, are the one that you have to be wary of. He is the player that will give it everything he has got."
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