Dragons come up short at Millennium Stadium

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A MAMMOTH defensive effort wasn’t enough to prevent Newport Gwent Dragons from suffering a 20-10 RaboDirect Pro12 defeat to the Ospreys at the Millennium Stadium.

The Rodney Parade region didn’t get the hammering that many feared at Judgement Day and they were level-pegging with their playoff-chasing rivals entering the final stages.

Alas, they ended up with that familiar plucky losers tag that director of rugby Lyn Jones and his charges detest – and a late penalty try meant that they didn’t even get the bonus point that their endeavour deserved.

The Ospreys had started the game chasing a four-try bonus point yet in the end they were content to head home with the victory.

That was thanks to a magnificent backs-to-the-wall display by the Dragons, for whom flankers Lewis Evans and Nic Cudd were immense.

Before kick-off they lost skipper Andrew Coombs through tonsillitis and centre Pat Leach with a virus, which led to a RaboDirect Pro12 debut for 18-year-old Tyler Morgan, but they still stood firm.

It was a much, much better display than in recent weeks yet it failed to halt the slide in the RaboDirect Pro12; it’s now seven points from a possible 45 since the turn of the year.

Oodles of spirit but nothing to show for it.

It means that it will take a dramatic turnabout in fortunes for the Dragons to avoid the ignominy of being Wales’ worst region again.

Cardiff Blues 17-13 win over the Scarlets – their third on the spin – means they are now six clear.

Given that the Dragons have triumphed just once in the league in 2014 it would be a shock were they to turn over both the Scarlets in Llanelli and Treviso at Rodney Parade on final day.

The weekend’s results had meant victory would have sent the Dragons eight, leapfrogging Connacht and Edinburgh.

But that maths was done more in hope than expectation; the Ospreys closing the gap on Glasgow and Ulster in the battle for the playoffs was always more likely.

And so it proved despite the Dragons’ mammoth effort in defence.

Through their own choice they lost the Rodney Parade factor, sending the Ospreys to the Millennium Stadium rather than Newport where they have lost 10 of 12 encounters.

That offered a boost to the ‘visitors’ who were on the front foot from the off, piling the pressure on the Dragons’ line before full-back Richard Fussell crossed against his former employers.

Thankfully the big screen revealed a knock-on by scrum-half Tom Habberfield and earned an escape.

A combination of spirited defence, some awful decision-making and errors – most notably by number eight Dan Baker, who knocked on when reaching for the line – meant that the Dragons were still level after half an hour despite almost total dominance from the west Walians.

If the Dragons were attempting rope-a-dope tactics then they were doing it marvellously against an Ospreys side that were throwing haymakers without any accuracy or patience.

And their profligacy cost them on 32 minutes when Ryan Jones was yellow-carded for killing the ball in his 22 after a kick and chase by Dragons wing Will Harries.

It lost the Ospreys the momentum and released the pressure on Lyn Jones’ side – suddenly it was a more even contest and they got to half-time on level terms.

And five minutes after the resumption it was 7-0 to the Dragons after scrum-half Richie Rees crossed for a superb try, finishing off after Hallam Amos’ delightful pass set Morgan then lock Cory Hill in motion down the right flank.

Suddenly the fans from Gwent were daring to dream but it didn’t take long to return to the default setting of fearing the worst; a yellow card for workaholic flanker Nic Cudd was followed by Dan Biggar slotting over the penalty to make it 7-3.

And it was 10 points scored in the 10-minute sin bin period when Habberfield sniped over from close range with the Wales fly-half adding the extras for the lead.

It wasn’t to last long.

The score signalled Cudd’s return and it promptly became 10-10 with the Dragons enjoying a one-man advantage, centre Jonathan Spratt seeing yellow after slapping the ball down deliberately and wing Tom Prydie booting the resulting penalty between the sticks.

But the Dragons scrum was creaking as 39-year-old Duncan Bell tired and the Ospreys, now with Jones in their front row, marmalised their opponents to win a penalty that Biggar slammed over.

And when they repeated the trick with three minutes left they earned a penalty try that took away the Dragons’ losing bonus point, harshly making it a pointless trip to the capital.

Dragons: H Amos, T Prydie, T Morgan, J Dixon, W Harries, K Burton (J Tovey 52-56), R Rees (J Evans 79), P Price (O Evans 69), R Thomas (S Parry 73), D Bell (B Douglas 74), M Screech, C Hill (J Groves 73), N Talei (N Cudd 20,), L Evans (captain, L Robling 79), T Faletau.

Scorers: try – R Rees; conversion – K Burton; penalty – T Prydie

Yellow card: N Cudd, T Morgan

Ospreys: R Fussell (S Davies 44), J Hassler (A Natoga 70), J Spratt, A Beck, H Dirksen, D Biggar, T Habberfield (T Tebaldi 74), D Jones (N Smith 52), S Baldwin, A Jarvis (A Jones 60), R Jones, A W Jones (captain), J King (T Ardron 73), J Tipuric (S Lewis 66), D Baker.

Scorers: tries – T Habberfield, penalty; conversions – D Biggar (2); penalties – D Biggar (2)

Yellow card: R Jones

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)

Attendance: 30,411

Argus star man: Lewis Evans

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7:50pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

Lyn Jones or Winless Jones as i like to call him, has to go.
Lyn Jones or Winless Jones as i like to call him, has to go. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -33

8:54pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Caldicot dragon says...

Pity you wouldn't go, Mr Bump!!!
Pity you wouldn't go, Mr Bump!!! Caldicot dragon
  • Score: 26

9:13pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

Im proud of the effort of the boys today, big effort but the second yellow card killed it for us! We couldnt stop them then.. this time next season i think we will be second best welsh region, i hope! Great effort,, a win has to come soon if we take our chances and cut out the yellows and defend like we did today!
Im proud of the effort of the boys today, big effort but the second yellow card killed it for us! We couldnt stop them then.. this time next season i think we will be second best welsh region, i hope! Great effort,, a win has to come soon if we take our chances and cut out the yellows and defend like we did today! Dragonsfan81
  • Score: 20

9:28pm Sun 20 Apr 14

SWBorderer says...

All you can exoect of a Coach is that gets the best out of the players he has available, l for one think he did that. Out of interest, who would you replace him with,keeping in mind how much we can afford to pay.
All you can exoect of a Coach is that gets the best out of the players he has available, l for one think he did that. Out of interest, who would you replace him with,keeping in mind how much we can afford to pay. SWBorderer
  • Score: 17

9:48pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

What a huge improvement in our performance. I know we didn't win, but few were expecting better than we got. We didn't allow the Ospreys to get a bonus point, which most journalists and supporters were predicting they would get, and we were unlucky to get a bonus point ourselves. There were some very good performances in our team. Cudd was excellent, outplaying Tipuric, and will hopefully be considered by Gatland for the summer tour above playing a second row who has only just returned from injury in the back row. Dixon carried very well, and fits into the mould of player Gatland likes, so there's hope there too. Tyler Morgan had a great first Pro 12 game, tackling well all game and gave a nice pass leading to our try, even if he did take one for the team at the end. Richie Rees is the form scrum half in Wales and surely must be considered. The media talked up Dan Baker a lot before the match, but our back row kept him quiet, and I'm sure they'll get less recognition for that than Baker has got recently. Even Burton played fairly well, I'm not sure why he's had so few chances this season.
Obviously Mr Bump didn't watch the game.
What a huge improvement in our performance. I know we didn't win, but few were expecting better than we got. We didn't allow the Ospreys to get a bonus point, which most journalists and supporters were predicting they would get, and we were unlucky to get a bonus point ourselves. There were some very good performances in our team. Cudd was excellent, outplaying Tipuric, and will hopefully be considered by Gatland for the summer tour above playing a second row who has only just returned from injury in the back row. Dixon carried very well, and fits into the mould of player Gatland likes, so there's hope there too. Tyler Morgan had a great first Pro 12 game, tackling well all game and gave a nice pass leading to our try, even if he did take one for the team at the end. Richie Rees is the form scrum half in Wales and surely must be considered. The media talked up Dan Baker a lot before the match, but our back row kept him quiet, and I'm sure they'll get less recognition for that than Baker has got recently. Even Burton played fairly well, I'm not sure why he's had so few chances this season. Obviously Mr Bump didn't watch the game. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 24

9:49pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

If Adam Jones had come off the bench for us not them at the end we might well have won. Here's hoping for next season......
If Adam Jones had come off the bench for us not them at the end we might well have won. Here's hoping for next season...... Caerleonboy
  • Score: 19

7:04am Mon 21 Apr 14

East Newport Dave says...

A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.
A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 17

7:21am Mon 21 Apr 14

SWBorderer says...

It proves the point, when Duncan was on we were in the game although admittedly he was fading before he went off. He deserves a special thankyou from the fans at the end of the season.
It proves the point, when Duncan was on we were in the game although admittedly he was fading before he went off. He deserves a special thankyou from the fans at the end of the season. SWBorderer
  • Score: 28

11:18am Mon 21 Apr 14

Magoo30 says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.
I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch

We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday.

It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad.

Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture.
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday. It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad. Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture. Magoo30
  • Score: 20

12:07pm Mon 21 Apr 14

East Newport Dave says...

Magoo30 wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.
I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch

We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday.

It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad.

Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture.
Most of this is spot on. For too long inexperienced props have been playing in situations where they are out of their depth, when they should have been understudying experienced campaigners. It's far too late to achieve anything this campaign so roll on next season!
[quote][p][bold]Magoo30[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday. It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad. Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture.[/p][/quote]Most of this is spot on. For too long inexperienced props have been playing in situations where they are out of their depth, when they should have been understudying experienced campaigners. It's far too late to achieve anything this campaign so roll on next season! East Newport Dave
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

Magoo30 wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.
I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch

We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday.

It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad.

Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture.
I agree, Harries should stay. He generally makes a bigger impact than Prydie, and always seems to try and go forward with the ball, even usually against bigger men than him, and his commitment can't be faulted. If we let him go, a couple of injuries and/or perhaps international call ups and we could be a bit short of wingers next season. A backs coach is a must have.
[quote][p][bold]Magoo30[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: A massively brave effort by the Dragons but in the final analysis we lost through lack of scrummage power. The penalty try at the end was the difference. We will never beat good opposition unless there is investment in scrummaging front five forwards.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments Dave, but in fairness to Lyn Jones he is addressing this issue. We have already signed a complete front five of Loose Head Boris Yankovic, Hooker Rhys Buckley, Tight Head David Young, and locks Rynard Landman and Ian Gough. I understand there are a couple more to follow in these areas and we can only hope that Adam Jones is one of these. Add T. Rhys Thomas and Andrew Coombes into this mix together with the outstanding potential of Hill and Screech in the second row, and the future looks promising. The young second row forwards will make rapid progress over the next few years being integrated into this bunch We already have a back row to compete with anybody and I thought Cudd and Evans were outstanding yesterday. It’s not often that Faletau is overshadowed by his back row partners but I think he was yesterday. It is easy to see the potential of the three-quarters even without the new signings, but we really need a permanent backs coach to develop this potential. However, I wish that the decision to release Will Harries could be reversed. His commitment to the team yesterday was magnificent, and I think he has an immense amount of talent and heart offered to the Dragons, so obviously lacking in some of the current squad. Finally, carry on Mr Bump, your ridiculous posts give us loads to laugh at. Only wish we could see who you are just to complete the picture.[/p][/quote]I agree, Harries should stay. He generally makes a bigger impact than Prydie, and always seems to try and go forward with the ball, even usually against bigger men than him, and his commitment can't be faulted. If we let him go, a couple of injuries and/or perhaps international call ups and we could be a bit short of wingers next season. A backs coach is a must have. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 12

12:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

silurix says...

That was much more like their pre-new year form and credit to them for getting back to that standard. If they could have avoided the recent slump we'd be a few rungs higher up the ladder for sure. They need to maintain that now to ensure we finish above Treviso. Its not as much as we'd hoped for but 10th is better than 11th and if the Blues and Ospreys both beat Connacht we have a chance of finishing 9th. Edinburgh too, have a tough run in, so if things really go our way 8th place is not out of the question. We must beat Treviso though.
That was much more like their pre-new year form and credit to them for getting back to that standard. If they could have avoided the recent slump we'd be a few rungs higher up the ladder for sure. They need to maintain that now to ensure we finish above Treviso. Its not as much as we'd hoped for but 10th is better than 11th and if the Blues and Ospreys both beat Connacht we have a chance of finishing 9th. Edinburgh too, have a tough run in, so if things really go our way 8th place is not out of the question. We must beat Treviso though. silurix
  • Score: 9

12:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

DPJ says...

30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700

20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411

PATHETIC
30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700 20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411 PATHETIC DPJ
  • Score: -3

12:48pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

DPJ wrote:
30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700

20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411

PATHETIC
The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you?
[quote][p][bold]DPJ[/bold] wrote: 30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700 20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411 PATHETIC[/p][/quote]The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you? Caerleonboy
  • Score: 11

2:09pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Euwan Usami says...

DPJ wrote:
30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700

20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411

PATHETIC
To add some perspective ; if the two games has been played at the regional grounds then you might imagine the attendances would have been around 7 or 8 at RP and 9 at CAP? Thats around half the attendance of 30k at the millennium . On that basis it means twice the number saw two great games. Thats a long way from pathetic to be fair.

If you compare the Irish game to the ones at twickers 80k plus attendances then it starts to look pathetic too.
[quote][p][bold]DPJ[/bold] wrote: 30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700 20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411 PATHETIC[/p][/quote]To add some perspective ; if the two games has been played at the regional grounds then you might imagine the attendances would have been around 7 or 8 at RP and 9 at CAP? Thats around half the attendance of 30k at the millennium . On that basis it means twice the number saw two great games. Thats a long way from pathetic to be fair. If you compare the Irish game to the ones at twickers 80k plus attendances then it starts to look pathetic too. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 11

4:39pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Welshman76 says...

Caerleonboy wrote:
DPJ wrote:
30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700

20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411

PATHETIC
The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you?
It is pathetic when you can't get an international ticket because of the pink hat brigade and people on a jolly. Where were they yesterday? WRU don't care about real fans as long as they fill the stadium with false fans at ridiculous prices. Why would the WRU schedule this on a day that families get together and cardiff is dead? Regional fans always have a raw deal with poor fixture times and dates (some regional fixtures taking place at the same time as the national team!) welsh rugby is becoming a joke
[quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DPJ[/bold] wrote: 30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700 20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411 PATHETIC[/p][/quote]The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you?[/p][/quote]It is pathetic when you can't get an international ticket because of the pink hat brigade and people on a jolly. Where were they yesterday? WRU don't care about real fans as long as they fill the stadium with false fans at ridiculous prices. Why would the WRU schedule this on a day that families get together and cardiff is dead? Regional fans always have a raw deal with poor fixture times and dates (some regional fixtures taking place at the same time as the national team!) welsh rugby is becoming a joke Welshman76
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Mon 21 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

Welshman76 wrote:
Caerleonboy wrote:
DPJ wrote:
30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700

20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411

PATHETIC
The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you?
It is pathetic when you can't get an international ticket because of the pink hat brigade and people on a jolly. Where were they yesterday? WRU don't care about real fans as long as they fill the stadium with false fans at ridiculous prices. Why would the WRU schedule this on a day that families get together and cardiff is dead? Regional fans always have a raw deal with poor fixture times and dates (some regional fixtures taking place at the same time as the national team!) welsh rugby is becoming a joke
It's because of the people who run it.
[quote][p][bold]Welshman76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DPJ[/bold] wrote: 30/3/14 Leinster v Munster Arriva Stadium Attendance 51,700 20/4/14 Four Welsh Regions at Millenium Stadium Attendance 30,411 PATHETIC[/p][/quote]The double header was arranged for a ridiculous date though, many people would have had other plans for Easter Sunday, plus us and the Blues (and probably the Osperys looking at Glasgow's recent form) had nothing to play for except pride. I'm sure if they'd arranged this for earlier in the season the crowd would have been much higher. I was there making up the numbers, were you?[/p][/quote]It is pathetic when you can't get an international ticket because of the pink hat brigade and people on a jolly. Where were they yesterday? WRU don't care about real fans as long as they fill the stadium with false fans at ridiculous prices. Why would the WRU schedule this on a day that families get together and cardiff is dead? Regional fans always have a raw deal with poor fixture times and dates (some regional fixtures taking place at the same time as the national team!) welsh rugby is becoming a joke[/p][/quote]It's because of the people who run it. blackandamber
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

Also i was sat next to a osprey fan yesterday and he said the dragons have much improved, before the game he couldnt choose between the dragons or ospreys because he knew the dragons would be tough! Next season our scrum wont go back at a rate of knots when Duncan goes of like it did today! I agree we do need a backs coach and that harris needs to stay! We need a few more signings and a backs coach and next season will be a massive improvement! I must say burton had a good game, he deserves more chances in my opinion! And that cudd has to be in the mix for the plane to south africa if he sorts his discipline out!
Also i was sat next to a osprey fan yesterday and he said the dragons have much improved, before the game he couldnt choose between the dragons or ospreys because he knew the dragons would be tough! Next season our scrum wont go back at a rate of knots when Duncan goes of like it did today! I agree we do need a backs coach and that harris needs to stay! We need a few more signings and a backs coach and next season will be a massive improvement! I must say burton had a good game, he deserves more chances in my opinion! And that cudd has to be in the mix for the plane to south africa if he sorts his discipline out! Dragonsfan81
  • Score: 3

9:00pm Mon 21 Apr 14

DaiFrank says...

Another loss led by the Gwent Usurper, Lyn 'Gwent Dragons' Jones, but no hope breeding eternal misery here lol. Freud thought that people who are continually optimistic lack a sense of reality, deluded etc. Discuss. It's always going to get better at RP. Mind you it couldn't get any worse when you look at the FACTS!
Another loss led by the Gwent Usurper, Lyn 'Gwent Dragons' Jones, but no hope breeding eternal misery here lol. Freud thought that people who are continually optimistic lack a sense of reality, deluded etc. Discuss. It's always going to get better at RP. Mind you it couldn't get any worse when you look at the FACTS! DaiFrank
  • Score: -9

9:03pm Mon 21 Apr 14

phantom14 says...

Brave in defeat is all we can hope for but the Ospreys were very poor! Still dont see where the optimism comes from as we have been saying cant wait for next year for 8 years and feel will be saying the same this time next year, just dont see it! The opposition yesterday just went through the motions knowing they would win.
Brave in defeat is all we can hope for but the Ospreys were very poor! Still dont see where the optimism comes from as we have been saying cant wait for next year for 8 years and feel will be saying the same this time next year, just dont see it! The opposition yesterday just went through the motions knowing they would win. phantom14
  • Score: -10

11:19pm Mon 21 Apr 14

SWBorderer says...

phantom14 wrote:
Brave in defeat is all we can hope for but the Ospreys were very poor! Still dont see where the optimism comes from as we have been saying cant wait for next year for 8 years and feel will be saying the same this time next year, just dont see it! The opposition yesterday just went through the motions knowing they would win.
I don't think they went through the motions, they came expecting a bonus point and that's what they were after. I know most of our work was defence but we did show some good attacking skill as well.
Agre will all the calls for more tight 5 forwards and a backs coach.
[quote][p][bold]phantom14[/bold] wrote: Brave in defeat is all we can hope for but the Ospreys were very poor! Still dont see where the optimism comes from as we have been saying cant wait for next year for 8 years and feel will be saying the same this time next year, just dont see it! The opposition yesterday just went through the motions knowing they would win.[/p][/quote]I don't think they went through the motions, they came expecting a bonus point and that's what they were after. I know most of our work was defence but we did show some good attacking skill as well. Agre will all the calls for more tight 5 forwards and a backs coach. SWBorderer
  • Score: 8

12:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Magoo30 says...

DaiFrank wrote:
Another loss led by the Gwent Usurper, Lyn 'Gwent Dragons' Jones, but no hope breeding eternal misery here lol. Freud thought that people who are continually optimistic lack a sense of reality, deluded etc. Discuss. It's always going to get better at RP. Mind you it couldn't get any worse when you look at the FACTS!
Dai, don't suppose Freud ever watched a rugby match, so no point in discussing. You appear to miss the basic point which is that supporters support. Those that don't poor scorn on those that do. So carry on.
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: Another loss led by the Gwent Usurper, Lyn 'Gwent Dragons' Jones, but no hope breeding eternal misery here lol. Freud thought that people who are continually optimistic lack a sense of reality, deluded etc. Discuss. It's always going to get better at RP. Mind you it couldn't get any worse when you look at the FACTS![/p][/quote]Dai, don't suppose Freud ever watched a rugby match, so no point in discussing. You appear to miss the basic point which is that supporters support. Those that don't poor scorn on those that do. So carry on. Magoo30
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ollie72 says...

I thought Cudd was exceptional, and Duncan was a scrummaging beast again - can't we carry out some "bionic man" type operation and keep him going for another year or so?

And I also agree that we should keep Will Harries - he never gives less than his best, and that's what you need on a wet January Friday night...

Based on the performances of some of these players, and the new guys we have coming, I predict a top half finish next year - 2nd placed welsh region.

On a side note, it looks like Perpignan are looking at relegation - perhaps we can entice Charteris home?
I thought Cudd was exceptional, and Duncan was a scrummaging beast again - can't we carry out some "bionic man" type operation and keep him going for another year or so? And I also agree that we should keep Will Harries - he never gives less than his best, and that's what you need on a wet January Friday night... Based on the performances of some of these players, and the new guys we have coming, I predict a top half finish next year - 2nd placed welsh region. On a side note, it looks like Perpignan are looking at relegation - perhaps we can entice Charteris home? ollie72
  • Score: 7

11:43am Wed 23 Apr 14

cjwales1 says...

As shocking as it might seem !!!!! I am actually feeling pretty happy about next season ! Lets be honest we have always had some dangerous backs but with the signings in the front five ( where lets be honest, boys against men, NO disrespect for the current 5 tho, they have tried very hard !!!!!!) some old heads and some new blood might be the real difference ... am sure the armchair coaches will agree as without the platform up front the backs are always on the back foot !!

Fingers crossed anyway and might actually reapply for a season ticket, as could be a good season !!!!!
As shocking as it might seem !!!!! I am actually feeling pretty happy about next season ! Lets be honest we have always had some dangerous backs but with the signings in the front five ( where lets be honest, boys against men, NO disrespect for the current 5 tho, they have tried very hard !!!!!!) some old heads and some new blood might be the real difference ... am sure the armchair coaches will agree as without the platform up front the backs are always on the back foot !! Fingers crossed anyway and might actually reapply for a season ticket, as could be a good season !!!!! cjwales1
  • Score: 6

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