Pre-sea­son ac­tion & pix

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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.

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