Buoyant Dragons relishing Munster test

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are relishing the task of trying to topple another RaboDirect Pro12 title hopeful after their stunning win in Glasgow, writes Chris Kirwan.

The region welcome leaders Munster to Rodney Parade on Friday on the back of a superb 23-8 success at Scotstoun Stadium.

Glasgow dished out 37-6 and 60-3 drubbings against the Dragons in 2012/13 but the tables were turned with wing Will Harries crossing for a try and fly-half Jason Tovey managing a full house of a try, two conversions, two penalties and a drop goal.

It was a shock win that shattered an eight-game away drought that stretched back to their win against Zebre in Parma last February.

"It was a huge result for us in Glasgow and confidence is a wonderful thing," said director of rugby Lyn Jones.

"It is a win that sets us up for another tough game against Munster but the players have shown that they understand what it takes to win against the big teams in the Pro12.

"There are smiles on faces after Glasgow and the squad is keen to move on to the next challenge, they want back up that win and claim another."

Jones will be keen for his charges to show the same defensive steel that secured the spoils in Scotland.

The Dragons had three men sin-binned by Irish official Peter Fitzgibbon but still only shipped eight points, five of them coming when Niko Matawalu crossed after just two minutes.

"It was an incredibly hard fought victory," said director of rugby Jones. "Glasgow are a quality, confident team – they are not at the top end of the table for nothing.

"They threw everything at us but the players put their heart and soul into the performance.

"We dealt with Glasgow's attacking threat and our defence was superb; we were hard-working and organised to frustrate them.

"We came through despite three yellow cards (to Pat Leach, Matthew Pewtner and Netani Talei) and going down 5-0 in the opening minutes.

"That shows great character and we have learnt from some tough experiences from earlier in the season."

Munster cemented their place at the head of the table with a comprehensive 31-10 win at Cardiff Blues, bagging a bonus point after just 43 minutes in a one-sided encounter.

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1:02am Tue 26 Nov 13

Frank64 says...

Dragons will get stuffed by 20plus points

What will the Argus write then, will they call for Kingsley or Lyn to go??

Come on Munster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!
Dragons will get stuffed by 20plus points What will the Argus write then, will they call for Kingsley or Lyn to go?? Come on Munster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Frank64

7:42am Tue 26 Nov 13

Warbles says...

I missed your (and the usual 'anti' brigade) positive comments following the win in Glasgow; nice to see the balanced viewpoint is unchanged!!!
I missed your (and the usual 'anti' brigade) positive comments following the win in Glasgow; nice to see the balanced viewpoint is unchanged!!! Warbles

10:20am Tue 26 Nov 13

hazellboy says...

Frank64 wrote:
Dragons will get stuffed by 20plus points

What will the Argus write then, will they call for Kingsley or Lyn to go??

Come on Munster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!
oh dear, notice you posted your comment at 1 in the morning, I suspect the tenants super and white lightning was starting to kick in! you will probably read this when you have crawled from under your rock this afternoon !
[quote][p][bold]Frank64[/bold] wrote: Dragons will get stuffed by 20plus points What will the Argus write then, will they call for Kingsley or Lyn to go?? Come on Munster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!![/p][/quote]oh dear, notice you posted your comment at 1 in the morning, I suspect the tenants super and white lightning was starting to kick in! you will probably read this when you have crawled from under your rock this afternoon ! hazellboy

7:35pm Tue 26 Nov 13

franklee64 says...

A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club

If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual

hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants

your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region

muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with
A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with franklee64

8:42pm Tue 26 Nov 13

hazellboy says...

franklee64 wrote:
A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club

If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual

hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants

your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region

muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with
think we could "muster" up a win!
[quote][p][bold]franklee64[/bold] wrote: A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with[/p][/quote]think we could "muster" up a win! hazellboy

9:56pm Tue 26 Nov 13

larneman says...

franklee64 wrote:
A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club

If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual

hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants

your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region

muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with
No such place as Muster however there is a place called MUNSTER if you are going to correct others be sure you are right yourself. Well done Dragons.
[quote][p][bold]franklee64[/bold] wrote: A win in Glasgow, a win to be proud of ... I don't think so as Glasgow were far from full strength where as Newport were full strength also I see Newport black and ambers getting relegated this year - as for you watching what time I post .. I was busy at Eugene cross Park Watching Real Rugby and spending time at a real rugby club If you want to talk about the Glasgow game which I didn't watch - what about the cards AGAIN which shows the discipline at the region is a mess as usual hazelboy - its Tennents NOT Tenants your quick to dish out criticism yet you don't like taking it - no wonder the guys and gals up here at ECP don't want to follow the region muster will wipe the floor with you even their seconds will do that and I will be watching to see who you all blame and what excuses you come up with[/p][/quote]No such place as Muster however there is a place called MUNSTER if you are going to correct others be sure you are right yourself. Well done Dragons. larneman

11:41pm Tue 26 Nov 13

franklee64 says...

Fair Play Both I hold my hands up, Im happy to accept my typing error and you both highlighting it, now that you have corrected me back to the rugby

you see that's the difference with me, I can dish it out and take it where as majority of dragons fans will give give give but never take criticism

Its not hardly a result to write home about playing against a 2nd string Glasgow team also despite dragons missing "some stars" they still give away needless penalties and seem to get sin binned for stupid things

lets see what happens at the final whistle shall we on Friday
Fair Play Both I hold my hands up, Im happy to accept my typing error and you both highlighting it, now that you have corrected me back to the rugby you see that's the difference with me, I can dish it out and take it where as majority of dragons fans will give give give but never take criticism Its not hardly a result to write home about playing against a 2nd string Glasgow team also despite dragons missing "some stars" they still give away needless penalties and seem to get sin binned for stupid things lets see what happens at the final whistle shall we on Friday franklee64

1:08pm Wed 27 Nov 13

hazellboy says...

Nice one Frank for taking it on the chin, look forward to Friday, however even with a dragons win we will have the same dribble about Munster being under strength, even though they will be full of overseas quality players as Cardiff found out last Saturday!
Nice one Frank for taking it on the chin, look forward to Friday, however even with a dragons win we will have the same dribble about Munster being under strength, even though they will be full of overseas quality players as Cardiff found out last Saturday! hazellboy

12:30pm Thu 28 Nov 13

blackandamber says...

What ever you do Dragons do NOT kick possession away aimlessly and keep 15 men on the field for the full 80 minutes.
What ever you do Dragons do NOT kick possession away aimlessly and keep 15 men on the field for the full 80 minutes. blackandamber

6:59pm Thu 28 Nov 13

franklee64 says...

im happy to take it on the chin cos I mucked up and put my foot in my mouth, I only worry about the silly penalty count the dragons rack up, that was the only sour thing from Glasgow game - was it 2 or 3 yellow cards,

on the rabo website it shows dragons joint to for cards issued (yellows and red's) - if they can cut that out will be a good spectacle for all to see

im bringing down 6 of my mates from ECP to watch lets hope we get to see a spectacle not a drizzle :-)
im happy to take it on the chin cos I mucked up and put my foot in my mouth, I only worry about the silly penalty count the dragons rack up, that was the only sour thing from Glasgow game - was it 2 or 3 yellow cards, on the rabo website it shows dragons joint to for cards issued (yellows and red's) - if they can cut that out will be a good spectacle for all to see im bringing down 6 of my mates from ECP to watch lets hope we get to see a spectacle not a drizzle :-) franklee64

1:55pm Fri 29 Nov 13

ollie72 says...

franklee64 wrote:
im happy to take it on the chin cos I mucked up and put my foot in my mouth, I only worry about the silly penalty count the dragons rack up, that was the only sour thing from Glasgow game - was it 2 or 3 yellow cards,

on the rabo website it shows dragons joint to for cards issued (yellows and red's) - if they can cut that out will be a good spectacle for all to see

im bringing down 6 of my mates from ECP to watch lets hope we get to see a spectacle not a drizzle :-)
Franklee,

Good to see some of the Ebbw Vale fans coming down - shame that you're hoping for the Dragons to lose though.

Always amazes me how tribal we are in Wales...
[quote][p][bold]franklee64[/bold] wrote: im happy to take it on the chin cos I mucked up and put my foot in my mouth, I only worry about the silly penalty count the dragons rack up, that was the only sour thing from Glasgow game - was it 2 or 3 yellow cards, on the rabo website it shows dragons joint to for cards issued (yellows and red's) - if they can cut that out will be a good spectacle for all to see im bringing down 6 of my mates from ECP to watch lets hope we get to see a spectacle not a drizzle :-)[/p][/quote]Franklee, Good to see some of the Ebbw Vale fans coming down - shame that you're hoping for the Dragons to lose though. Always amazes me how tribal we are in Wales... ollie72

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