IF the Dragons management need to hammer home the need to stay switched on at all times at Madibaz Stadium then they could do worse than putting up a 36-second Twitter clip on the projector at their hotel in Port Elizabeth.

The Rodney Parade region will attempt to end their four-year, 42-game losing streak in the Guinness PRO14 when they take on fellow strugglers Southern Kings on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

The bookies cannot split the teams with both priced at 10/11 but the Dragons' hopes of taking the spoils, and climbing off the bottom of Conference B by leapfrogging their hosts, rest with being pragmatic.

The Kings have struggled since joining the PRO14 but although they have managed just three wins, the South Africans have thrilled with some daring rugby.

That did for the Dragons last year, when Bernard Jackman's men played into their hands to let a 13-7 lead approaching half-time turn into a six-try, 45-13 humiliation.

It nearly did for the region at Rodney Parade in September when the Kings scored four tries in a 27-22 home win in Newport.

And it secured the spoils in thrilling fashion when play-off chasing Edinburgh headed to Nelson Mandela University Stadium in January.

The Scots led 21-13 going into the five minutes only to concede a close-range score with five minutes left and then be stunned with a ridiculous score straight from the restart.

The Kings spread it wide right to Fijian flyer Meli Rokoua, who danced clear from his 22 while running with the ball in one hand before producing a flying offload to Yaw Penxe, who raced away for the winner by showing the sheer pace that gave the Dragons nightmares in Newport.

The Kings, who boast former Rodney Parade favourite Sarel Pretorius in their ranks, are 11th in the PRO14 try charts with their tally of 47, but that stat doesn't tell the whole story.

Their eight fixtures on home soil have yielded 24 tries and those encounters have earned 15 of their 20 points.

Only Ulster and Connacht have had things easy in Port Elizabeth and the Scarlets needed a late charge to turn around a 34-22 deficit in the final quarter.

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Port Elizabeth is a better opportunity for the Dragons to end their away hoodoo than Dublin, Glasgow or Cork but they will have to be at their very best in attack and defence.

"It's a big test for us because we know that we have struggled away from home and are still trying to find that little thing that will turn a few of those results our way," said centre Adam Warren, who joined the region from the Scarlets in 2015 but still hasn't enjoyed a win on the road.

"We've been close a few times but some other results have been way off. We know that the Kings will be right up for this and will see it as a massive game as well.

"This is a cup final for us and they are a dangerous team. We can't be sloppy out there because they will run 95 metres and score.

"They are deadly from any turnovers and if it gets loose then it will suit them and their fast guys.

"If we attack better than we have recently, put a few good phases together and force them into making some bad reads then we can get on the scoreboard and build a lead.

"They are the sort of team that we can't switch off against, we have to be alert. If we are in their 22 then we still have to be on our toes because their last option is to kick."

The teams are named at midday with the Dragons set to include their five fit members of Wales' Grand Slam-winning squad - hooker Elliot Dee, tighthead Leon Brown, back row forwards Ross Moriarty and Aaron Wainwright and wing/full-back Hallam Amos.

Ryan Bevington is in the 29-man touring party with the loosehead hoping to feature for the first time since suffering a concussion in the December win against the Ospreys.