Pre-season action & pix
IT looks like a long season is ahead for new Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman after his side shipped another six tries to make it 31 conceded in four friendlies.
The good thing for him is that his side have warmedup against Champions Cup opposition – Montpellier, Northampton Saints, Exeter Chiefs and the Warriors. The bad news is they open their season against one of the title favourites, Leinster.
“It can take up to six months to work out a proper defensive strategy and 12 months to build an attack,” admiited Jackman. “I’m aware we haven’t got that much time and we will get better as we go along.”
The Dragons sped into a ten-point lead and were only a point adrift at the break. Angus O’Brien kicked a penalty and then Hallam Amos paved the way for a try by scrum half Charlie Davies.
The Warriors were quick to respond with tries from Andrew Hughes and Ruaridh Jackson, the latter after a brilliant off load from lock Scott Cummings.
Adam Hastings converted both of them before O’Brien added a second penalty to make it 14-13 to the visitors at the break. O’Brien gave the home side the lead seven minutes into the second half with another penalty, but that was as good as it got for his team.
Fortified by the introduction of international half-backs Henry Pyrgos and Pete Horne, the Warriors took total control and scored 26 points, including four tries, without reply as they made the Dragons pay for some weak tackling.