Dragons coach Edwards excited by the duel of the place-kickers

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons coach Darren Edwards is delighted the competition bet-ween his two young place-kickers Steffan Jones and Tom Prydie is spurring the team on.

Fly half Jones had been in great form of late, setting a regional scoring record of 27 points in this month’s 42-14 win at London Welsh.

But he left his kicking boots at home for Friday night’s hard fought but thoroughly deserved 23-14 PRO12 victory over Treviso at Rodney Parade.

The ex-Cross Keys outside half, 22, missed five attempts at goal in all as the side turned to wing Prydie, 20, when the chips were down.

Wales’ youngest international, capped just a few days after his 18th birthday, was more than equal to the task.

He slotted over some difficult shots to see the Dragons home as they battled back from 14-0 down to secure their first league win since November.

Prydie and Jones scored all the region’s points, the former ending up with 15 points from a try, two penalties and two conversions, and the latter bagging a try and one penalty.

Speaking after the Treviso victory, Edwards was pleased for Prydie but knows Jones will quickly bounce back from his disappointing night with the boot.

“We were doing some good stuff in the first half but we were sucker punched by two tries and we had a chance to build our way back into the game with a few kicks, but they didn’t seem to go over,” he said “We’ve had some great kicking displays over the last couple of weeks.

“What I’m really pleased about is that Steff has kicked well and Tom lost the kicking (duties) but he stepped up and slotted those goals over, some difficult penalties.

“These guys are learning and it’s all about character and getting back out there and doing it. I was pleased for Tom and Steff will respond to that because he is a great goal kicker too.”

Edwards also praised the performances of centres Pat Leach and Jack Dixon and thought Jones was potent in attack.

“Pat had a really good game and Jack did well partnering up with him and Steff in general played well – he looked very dangerous when he attacked.”

Treviso were without no fewer than 20 players on Friday, 13 in Italy’s 23-man squad for their Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield, the remainder were either travelling reserves with the senior side or on Under-20s duty.

Still, former Newport favourite Franco Smith’s side looked the real deal in the first half before tiring in the second and Edwards paid tribute to the strides being made by them.

“People are starting to realise how strong Treviso actually are,” he said.

“When you see they’ve got that many players in the national team and that team is beating France and running Australia close.

“Whenever you go to Treviso, you realise how difficult a task it is – there is no doubt that they are a quality outfit.”

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5:32pm Mon 11 Feb 13

foxy3rd says...

If Edwards is so pleased why did he stick with Roblings terrible match-costing kicking for so long?
If Edwards is so pleased why did he stick with Roblings terrible match-costing kicking for so long? foxy3rd
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8:57pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Gatesy101 says...

Just hope we can keep hold of them.
Just hope we can keep hold of them. Gatesy101
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10:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13

SWBorderer says...

I'm never sure if Darren is on the same planet. How can you call it a competition between kickers when one keeps missing, he gets replced by one who succeeds, he gets replced by the one that keeps missing, and so on...

As someone else said, we are a poor team trying their best. But l firmly believe that with proper, intelligent leadership and a couple of good signings, we have the capacity to be much better. Look how Coombsey has impressed once he has some better players with him.

But if we keep Darren l'm afraid any money spent will be a waste of time.
I'm never sure if Darren is on the same planet. How can you call it a competition between kickers when one keeps missing, he gets replced by one who succeeds, he gets replced by the one that keeps missing, and so on... As someone else said, we are a poor team trying their best. But l firmly believe that with proper, intelligent leadership and a couple of good signings, we have the capacity to be much better. Look how Coombsey has impressed once he has some better players with him. But if we keep Darren l'm afraid any money spent will be a waste of time. SWBorderer
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11:22pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Doberman1 says...

SWBorderer wrote:
I'm never sure if Darren is on the same planet. How can you call it a competition between kickers when one keeps missing, he gets replced by one who succeeds, he gets replced by the one that keeps missing, and so on...

As someone else said, we are a poor team trying their best. But l firmly believe that with proper, intelligent leadership and a couple of good signings, we have the capacity to be much better. Look how Coombsey has impressed once he has some better players with him.

But if we keep Darren l'm afraid any money spent will be a waste of time.
Prezackerly, completely agree.

Also funny how we never hear from DE when we lose, yet as soon as we win he pops up in the press delivering these pearls of wisdom.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: I'm never sure if Darren is on the same planet. How can you call it a competition between kickers when one keeps missing, he gets replced by one who succeeds, he gets replced by the one that keeps missing, and so on... As someone else said, we are a poor team trying their best. But l firmly believe that with proper, intelligent leadership and a couple of good signings, we have the capacity to be much better. Look how Coombsey has impressed once he has some better players with him. But if we keep Darren l'm afraid any money spent will be a waste of time.[/p][/quote]Prezackerly, completely agree. Also funny how we never hear from DE when we lose, yet as soon as we win he pops up in the press delivering these pearls of wisdom. Doberman1
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12:19am Tue 12 Feb 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

He probably stuck with Roblin because Cross Keys wanted to play Stephan and the current position was hardly going to improve by not playing him. Remember we should have won the game against the Blues and were unlucky against the Ospreys, because of the ref being a little harsh on one or two decisitions. That's how fine the magins are in professional rugby these days. The competition is great now for starting spots, Roblin will come back and perform well, he is a young lad with lots to learn and will be keen to do it no doubt.
He probably stuck with Roblin because Cross Keys wanted to play Stephan and the current position was hardly going to improve by not playing him. Remember we should have won the game against the Blues and were unlucky against the Ospreys, because of the ref being a little harsh on one or two decisitions. That's how fine the magins are in professional rugby these days. The competition is great now for starting spots, Roblin will come back and perform well, he is a young lad with lots to learn and will be keen to do it no doubt. Robert Shillabeer
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