Zebre will fancy their chances admits Dragons skipper Lewis Evans

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CAPTAIN Lewis Evans admits that Zebre will be “licking their lips” in anticipation of Newport Gwent Dragons heading to Italy following the region’s humiliating record defeat.

The Dragons were thumped 60-3 by Glasgow in the RaboDirect Pro12 last Friday, shipping eight tries in their biggest ever loss.

It leaves them cut adrift one from bottom of the table with just winless Zebre beneath them.

If they were to become the Italian whipping boys’ first victim then the Dragons’ crisis would deepen.

And Evans believes the side from Parma will have been encouraged by the debacle against the Warriors.

“Zebre have pushed some good sides hard,” said the flanker. “If we had performed well against Glasgow we would have had some real momentum going into this game but that’s all gone now.

“They will probably be licking their lips to be honest.

“It’s not a pleasant place to go, the travel is a nightmare and it’s going to be a horrible day at the office if we turn up and play like we did against Glasgow.”

The Dragons headed into their game with the Scots on the back of three wins but Evans admits that the confidence earned by those victories has evaporated.

“What a difference seven days makes,” he said. “After the elation of Treviso was the devastation and embarrassment of Glasgow.

“We capitulated because of individual errors.

“It’s not nice to be booed by your own fans but it was thoroughly deserved. When they were running in tries it was like they had 30 players on the pitch.

“It was embarrassing to be a part of. A few individuals played well and could potentially hold their heads high but the analysis was pretty ugly for a lot of players.

“There are some harsh truths that need to come out. We have to be cruel to be kind if we are to get anything from the rest of the season.

“You can potentially carry one player but not seven. If individuals don’t turn up, don’t want to tackle and don’t want to be a part of the game then it’s always going to be hard.”

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1:55pm Wed 20 Feb 13

blackandamber says...

Newport High School old boys would fancy their chances after last week.
Newport High School old boys would fancy their chances after last week. blackandamber

2:52pm Wed 20 Feb 13

portforever says...

zebra win against the mighty dragons is on the cards for sure, and that will be another low for the once proud rugby city of newport, wonder how the dragons would fair if they where in the prem,, mid table at best,very poor team in dire need of a injection of cash or just a injection to finish them off ,,,
zebra win against the mighty dragons is on the cards for sure, and that will be another low for the once proud rugby city of newport, wonder how the dragons would fair if they where in the prem,, mid table at best,very poor team in dire need of a injection of cash or just a injection to finish them off ,,, portforever

4:09pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

It will be interesting to see what impact last weeks very poor performance will have on Sunday. I suspect and hope it will galvanise the Dragons to do much better and win and win well. I suspect the riot act has been read very loudly to both the players and the coaches and I suspect the coaches are on their last chance and will go at the end of the season. The game on Sunday is a must win and with contracts due renewal there are some who. May be playing for their future, at least Toby will be here next season.
It will be interesting to see what impact last weeks very poor performance will have on Sunday. I suspect and hope it will galvanise the Dragons to do much better and win and win well. I suspect the riot act has been read very loudly to both the players and the coaches and I suspect the coaches are on their last chance and will go at the end of the season. The game on Sunday is a must win and with contracts due renewal there are some who. May be playing for their future, at least Toby will be here next season. Robert Shillabeer

6:28pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Euwan Usami says...

With the injury list containing half a team of first choices and the alternatives being barely out of school, the odds are against the NGD imo. Zebre have steadily improved all season, even when we caught them cold early on in the season, their forwards were getting the better of ours and they competed well in the breakdown. They were robbed by the Ospreys and have earned half a dozen losing bonus points. I am sure they will be just as pumped for this one. I hope I am wrong but I suspect the only result likely us a comfortable win for Zebre.
With the injury list containing half a team of first choices and the alternatives being barely out of school, the odds are against the NGD imo. Zebre have steadily improved all season, even when we caught them cold early on in the season, their forwards were getting the better of ours and they competed well in the breakdown. They were robbed by the Ospreys and have earned half a dozen losing bonus points. I am sure they will be just as pumped for this one. I hope I am wrong but I suspect the only result likely us a comfortable win for Zebre. Euwan Usami

9:22pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Cwmsteve says...

blackandamber wrote:
Newport High School old boys would fancy their chances after last week.
1st or youth?
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Newport High School old boys would fancy their chances after last week.[/p][/quote]1st or youth? Cwmsteve

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