Ulster 38 Dragons 8

IT was always going to be a tough task doing the double over Ulster at Ravenhill, and so it proved as the Dragons went down to a five-try battering.

It was all over by half time with the hosts already having secured a bonus point, and at that stage humiliation looked on the cards for the Gwent region.

But to their credit they fronted up in the second half which saw just a try apiece, Ross Wardle powering over for the visitors.

Stoic defence, led by Pat Leach, kept the hosts at bay but this was a night for saving blushes rather than targeting points.

The Dragons went behind after just two minutes when Ashley Smith was penalised at a breakdown and Ulster points machine Ruan Pienaar slotted over the kick.

Ulster proceeded to go through the phases but the Dragons’ defence held firm, outside half Steffan Jones eventually relieving the pressure with a kick deep into the home side’s half.

After a scrappy period the Dragons had their first chance when Jevon Groves found himself in space only for scrum half Richie Rees to knock on his offload.

The outlook started to look bleaker for the visitors when Ulster moved the ball into space and scrum half Pienaar was put clear to sprint and dive over. He added the extras to make in 10-0 on 16 minutes.

The Dragons showed some intent after the restart going through the phases themselves, Jones at No10 looking a threat. But a knock on allowed the home side to re-group.

On 23 minutes the writing was on the wall when the returning Tommy Bowe was put clear following quick lineout ball and showed his pace to go over. Outside half Paddy Jackson added the extras from wide out to make it 17-0.

Three minutes later Bowe went over again after a great offload from Pienaar. Jackson making it 24-0.

With echoes of the Dragons’ trip to Leinster a few weeks ago, they conceded a penalty try on 32 minutes when their scrum came under intense pressure. Just prior to the try loosehead Owen Evans was sin-binned, replaced by Nathan Williams with Jevon Groves making way.

It was 31-0 now and the hosts were cruising.

The Dragons weren’t giving in, however, and after a cheeky chip over the Ulster defence by Jones, Leach gathered to put the hosts under pressure. A deliberate knock on by Pienaar allowed Dragons full back Rhys Jones to kick their first points. It was 31-3 at the break.

The start of the second half saw the hosts back in top gear as they cut through the Dragons’ defence only for full back Jones to put in a try-saving tackle.

The Dragons’ defence was really starting to creak now and Ulster openside Sean Doyle went over wide out after a score under the posts was just denied. Jackson added the extras to make it 38-3.

It was a watershed moment. The Dragons had to front up or get slaughtered. They did the former.

They wasted a try-scoring chance when No10 Jones threw a wild pass but their renewed efforts were to be rewarded on 62 minutes.

Replacement prop Duncan Bell showed great hands to put Wardle into space and he powered over in the corner. Jones just missed the conversion to make it 38-8.

The game had really broken up now and was scrappy in the extreme. But it seemed to suit the Dragons more than the hosts, who certainly weren’t turning the screw as one might have expected.

The defiant visitors kept them out for the rest of the game but it was too little too late and a miserable night after last week’s fine victory over Glasgow.

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11:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mr Bump. says...

Why can't they announce Lyn Jones' departure?
Why can't they announce Lyn Jones' departure? Mr Bump.
  • Score: -19

7:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

East Newport Dave says...

I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.
I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding. East Newport Dave
  • Score: -2

9:12am Sat 1 Mar 14

calvinhunt1950@gmail.com says...

Boys against men !!!!!!!!!!!!
Boys against men !!!!!!!!!!!! calvinhunt1950@gmail.com
  • Score: 3

9:29am Sat 1 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Why can't they announce Lyn Jones' departure?
Prior to his and the other Jones arrival I said I didn't rate either of the pair.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Why can't they announce Lyn Jones' departure?[/p][/quote]Prior to his and the other Jones arrival I said I didn't rate either of the pair. DaiFrank
  • Score: -12

9:33am Sat 1 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.
The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it.
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.[/p][/quote]The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it. DaiFrank
  • Score: -6

9:33am Sat 1 Mar 14

keithbob says...

didnt bode well from the start when steff couldnt even kick ten yards!.two minutes gone and the first pen,and those trys by bowe and pienaar.clean through with hardly a tackle!.having made their bonus point in a dreadful first half for the dragons,we virtually won the second half,crossing the line on one occasion..they are one of the best sides we have faced this season,but apart from glasgow our away form is dire.bonus point against connacht at home with our returning internationals would be welcome!
didnt bode well from the start when steff couldnt even kick ten yards!.two minutes gone and the first pen,and those trys by bowe and pienaar.clean through with hardly a tackle!.having made their bonus point in a dreadful first half for the dragons,we virtually won the second half,crossing the line on one occasion..they are one of the best sides we have faced this season,but apart from glasgow our away form is dire.bonus point against connacht at home with our returning internationals would be welcome! keithbob
  • Score: 4

9:44am Sat 1 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Looking at the comments on the Glasgow posts it seems that some people believe that the reason the attendance was poor that day was because of the league and some of the teams that play in it. Well partly true, but what is also true and missing from those comments is the fact that the NGDs are a lowly side in that league and certainly in Europe. The top sides view them not that differently from Treviso or Connacht. Look at their poor record in the Amlin! I watched the game last night on BBC NI and the it was telling that before the game the studio guests expected a 'convincing' win by Ulster. They were very polite and respectful about the NGDs publicly but privately I bet they know it's all been a bit of joke really and that's a historic fact.
Looking at the comments on the Glasgow posts it seems that some people believe that the reason the attendance was poor that day was because of the league and some of the teams that play in it. Well partly true, but what is also true and missing from those comments is the fact that the NGDs are a lowly side in that league and certainly in Europe. The top sides view them not that differently from Treviso or Connacht. Look at their poor record in the Amlin! I watched the game last night on BBC NI and the it was telling that before the game the studio guests expected a 'convincing' win by Ulster. They were very polite and respectful about the NGDs publicly but privately I bet they know it's all been a bit of joke really and that's a historic fact. DaiFrank
  • Score: 4

10:21am Sat 1 Mar 14

phantom14 says...

Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team.
Money needs to be spent but where will it come from.
Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team. Money needs to be spent but where will it come from. phantom14
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

phantom14 wrote:
Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team.
Money needs to be spent but where will it come from.
Fair to say that about the Blues, they lost again today away to Zebra who made it their first double in the Rabo. How many games have Zebra won, two?????
[quote][p][bold]phantom14[/bold] wrote: Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team. Money needs to be spent but where will it come from.[/p][/quote]Fair to say that about the Blues, they lost again today away to Zebra who made it their first double in the Rabo. How many games have Zebra won, two????? Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

Let's try a keep things real shall we? A scratch side, comprising premiership players and last minute, desperate signings, played poorly against a very strong Ulster side, in Belfast. It got what it deserved. The Dragons had few options with the combination of injuries and banned players so a kicking from Ulster was expected. The pundits on the show would have understood that even if some "Fans" don't.

Bans will end, injuried players will come back. (Darren Waters played well for Newport today.) New signings will arrive next season. For the time being let's enjoy the mid table status we would have killed for last season, and look forward to an even better season to come. Onward and upward.
Let's try a keep things real shall we? A scratch side, comprising premiership players and last minute, desperate signings, played poorly against a very strong Ulster side, in Belfast. It got what it deserved. The Dragons had few options with the combination of injuries and banned players so a kicking from Ulster was expected. The pundits on the show would have understood that even if some "Fans" don't. Bans will end, injuried players will come back. (Darren Waters played well for Newport today.) New signings will arrive next season. For the time being let's enjoy the mid table status we would have killed for last season, and look forward to an even better season to come. Onward and upward. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 20

9:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

silurix says...

we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.
we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season. silurix
  • Score: 14

10:40pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Lockjoe says...

Ashley Smith sealed the deal for me after the first 3 mins. I'm sorry I watched it. We need to beat a real team and sort out the cost cutting before it's too late.
Ashley Smith sealed the deal for me after the first 3 mins. I'm sorry I watched it. We need to beat a real team and sort out the cost cutting before it's too late. Lockjoe
  • Score: -3

6:55am Sun 2 Mar 14

SWBorderer says...

A new coaching team took over a team that was going backwards rapidly and because they haven't worked miracles in their first season they have to be sacked.
They may not be the best coaches in the world but l doubt we could afford a tenth of what it would cost. They are doing their best with a few talented youngsters and some medium standard players, it was always going to take time, if we had as much money as Ulster have to spend on players it would be a different story.
A new coaching team took over a team that was going backwards rapidly and because they haven't worked miracles in their first season they have to be sacked. They may not be the best coaches in the world but l doubt we could afford a tenth of what it would cost. They are doing their best with a few talented youngsters and some medium standard players, it was always going to take time, if we had as much money as Ulster have to spend on players it would be a different story. SWBorderer
  • Score: 11

9:16am Sun 2 Mar 14

phantom14 says...

We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though.
We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though. phantom14
  • Score: 2

11:22am Sun 2 Mar 14

East Newport Dave says...

DaiFrank wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.
The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it.
I think the coaching team is good but you cannot send a weak team to a place like Ulster.
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.[/p][/quote]The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it.[/p][/quote]I think the coaching team is good but you cannot send a weak team to a place like Ulster. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

phantom14 wrote:
We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though.
Already has happened. Dragons signed Boris Stankovich from Leicester a few weeks ago. (Kingsley Jones has gone on record to say the priority is the pack now when he was asked about other players like Mathew Morgan and Gavin Henson signing on Scrum V recently)
[quote][p][bold]phantom14[/bold] wrote: We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though.[/p][/quote]Already has happened. Dragons signed Boris Stankovich from Leicester a few weeks ago. (Kingsley Jones has gone on record to say the priority is the pack now when he was asked about other players like Mathew Morgan and Gavin Henson signing on Scrum V recently) Euwan Usami
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Sun 2 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

Reading some of the comments on here I really wonder if you even attended a dragons game last season or this season? The improvement from last year is obvious and the signings show real intent! We have just signed one of the best full backs in Europe! I agree the front 5 needs addressing which has been highlighted by the comments from coaches! But we have to remember that lyn jones inherited a team of players tied into contracts so it was always going to take time to put his stamp on it and ship out the dead w
Reading some of the comments on here I really wonder if you even attended a dragons game last season or this season? The improvement from last year is obvious and the signings show real intent! We have just signed one of the best full backs in Europe! I agree the front 5 needs addressing which has been highlighted by the comments from coaches! But we have to remember that lyn jones inherited a team of players tied into contracts so it was always going to take time to put his stamp on it and ship out the dead w newport2012
  • Score: 9

1:58pm Sun 2 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
phantom14 wrote:
We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though.
Already has happened. Dragons signed Boris Stankovich from Leicester a few weeks ago. (Kingsley Jones has gone on record to say the priority is the pack now when he was asked about other players like Mathew Morgan and Gavin Henson signing on Scrum V recently)
...wood! He was never going to work miracles this year! But I can see improvements have been made and remain optimistic looking ahead to next season!
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]phantom14[/bold] wrote: We are spending money on the wrong type of player Byrne and probably Henson etc, neither needed, except it will put a few bums on seats but it is not the answer ! Quality front row and second row needed.Looking at all the cutbacks I cant see it happening though.[/p][/quote]Already has happened. Dragons signed Boris Stankovich from Leicester a few weeks ago. (Kingsley Jones has gone on record to say the priority is the pack now when he was asked about other players like Mathew Morgan and Gavin Henson signing on Scrum V recently)[/p][/quote]...wood! He was never going to work miracles this year! But I can see improvements have been made and remain optimistic looking ahead to next season! newport2012
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Sun 2 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

...wood! He was never going to work miracles this year! But I can see improvements have been made and remain optimistic looking ahead to next season! What is up with this website? Splitting my comments and attaching to wrong quotes!!!!!
...wood! He was never going to work miracles this year! But I can see improvements have been made and remain optimistic looking ahead to next season! What is up with this website? Splitting my comments and attaching to wrong quotes!!!!! newport2012
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Sun 2 Mar 14

East Newport Dave says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Sun 2 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
How exactly could we have fielded a stronger side with the current injuries ,2 suspensions and Toby away with Wales?
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]How exactly could we have fielded a stronger side with the current injuries ,2 suspensions and Toby away with Wales? newport2012
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had?
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had? Euwan Usami
  • Score: 5

7:57am Mon 3 Mar 14

East Newport Dave says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had?
They certainly had the likes of Tovey and Sidoli on the bench. I think it was a case of 'we won't win there whatever team we put out so throw the kids to the wolves!'
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had?[/p][/quote]They certainly had the likes of Tovey and Sidoli on the bench. I think it was a case of 'we won't win there whatever team we put out so throw the kids to the wolves!' East Newport Dave
  • Score: -4

1:33pm Mon 3 Mar 14

richardmpowell says...

This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received….
This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received…. richardmpowell
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

richardmpowell wrote:
This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received….
Recon your pretty close there Richard. Anyone who saw scrum V Sunday would have seen JD and Kingsley expressing frustration with the gap in funding between the Welsh clubs and the rest of the UK. The regions recognise they need to get more cash in to compete. It's the cause of the current row with the RRW and WRU. The Dragons are doing what they can with what they have. As are the other 3. Difficult times for sure. As far as positive suggestions for going forward, the answer is what ever brings in the most cash. It really is that simple.
[quote][p][bold]richardmpowell[/bold] wrote: This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received….[/p][/quote]Recon your pretty close there Richard. Anyone who saw scrum V Sunday would have seen JD and Kingsley expressing frustration with the gap in funding between the Welsh clubs and the rest of the UK. The regions recognise they need to get more cash in to compete. It's the cause of the current row with the RRW and WRU. The Dragons are doing what they can with what they have. As are the other 3. Difficult times for sure. As far as positive suggestions for going forward, the answer is what ever brings in the most cash. It really is that simple. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
Euwan Usami wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had?
They certainly had the likes of Tovey and Sidoli on the bench. I think it was a case of 'we won't win there whatever team we put out so throw the kids to the wolves!'
When we have players coming out of retirement alongside premiership youngsters versus a side that can substitute stand out internationals for yet more internationals, there is only one result really isn't there.
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]Dave, explain to me what choice the Dragons had?[/p][/quote]They certainly had the likes of Tovey and Sidoli on the bench. I think it was a case of 'we won't win there whatever team we put out so throw the kids to the wolves!'[/p][/quote]When we have players coming out of retirement alongside premiership youngsters versus a side that can substitute stand out internationals for yet more internationals, there is only one result really isn't there. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 0

11:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
phantom14 wrote:
Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team.
Money needs to be spent but where will it come from.
Fair to say that about the Blues, they lost again today away to Zebra who made it their first double in the Rabo. How many games have Zebra won, two?????
To compare against Cardiff is futile but predicable on your part! Concentrate on NEWPORT gd's and there performances. Comparing teams of whatever identity is infantile.

ps Have you noticed the city of Newport yet!?
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]phantom14[/bold] wrote: Still yet to beat a decent team! With all the cost cutting going on I cant seeit getting any better, we might finish third Welsh region but that is not because we have improved but the Blues are now a very poor team. Money needs to be spent but where will it come from.[/p][/quote]Fair to say that about the Blues, they lost again today away to Zebra who made it their first double in the Rabo. How many games have Zebra won, two?????[/p][/quote]To compare against Cardiff is futile but predicable on your part! Concentrate on NEWPORT gd's and there performances. Comparing teams of whatever identity is infantile. ps Have you noticed the city of Newport yet!? DaiFrank
  • Score: 1

11:41pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

silurix wrote:
we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.
You accept mediocrity that is your problem.
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.[/p][/quote]You accept mediocrity that is your problem. DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

11:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

silurix wrote:
we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.
You accept mediocrity that is your problem.
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.[/p][/quote]You accept mediocrity that is your problem. DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
DaiFrank wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.
The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it.
I think the coaching team is good but you cannot send a weak team to a place like Ulster.
If the coaches are good why the defeat(s)? Any decent coach would be able to inspire average players.
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: I watched this on TV and it was embarrassing. I cannot see how it benefits young, inexperienced players to be on the end of such a hiding.[/p][/quote]The team has a history of embarrassing defeats doesn't it? What's new? Of course the Jones's are meant to be dealing with that and they've had some time to do it.[/p][/quote]I think the coaching team is good but you cannot send a weak team to a place like Ulster.[/p][/quote]If the coaches are good why the defeat(s)? Any decent coach would be able to inspire average players. DaiFrank
  • Score: -2

11:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Let's try a keep things real shall we? A scratch side, comprising premiership players and last minute, desperate signings, played poorly against a very strong Ulster side, in Belfast. It got what it deserved. The Dragons had few options with the combination of injuries and banned players so a kicking from Ulster was expected. The pundits on the show would have understood that even if some "Fans" don't.

Bans will end, injuried players will come back. (Darren Waters played well for Newport today.) New signings will arrive next season. For the time being let's enjoy the mid table status we would have killed for last season, and look forward to an even better season to come. Onward and upward.
You're an apologist for will godfrey right?
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: Let's try a keep things real shall we? A scratch side, comprising premiership players and last minute, desperate signings, played poorly against a very strong Ulster side, in Belfast. It got what it deserved. The Dragons had few options with the combination of injuries and banned players so a kicking from Ulster was expected. The pundits on the show would have understood that even if some "Fans" don't. Bans will end, injuried players will come back. (Darren Waters played well for Newport today.) New signings will arrive next season. For the time being let's enjoy the mid table status we would have killed for last season, and look forward to an even better season to come. Onward and upward.[/p][/quote]You're an apologist for will godfrey right? DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

11:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
What a conservative pair you two are. It's almost revolting. At least football supporters are less ingratiating. You know, a little criticism is not that bad. The worst sort (like you two) are the ones who just 'accept' (hic!).
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]What a conservative pair you two are. It's almost revolting. At least football supporters are less ingratiating. You know, a little criticism is not that bad. The worst sort (like you two) are the ones who just 'accept' (hic!). DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

8:30am Wed 5 Mar 14

East Newport Dave says...

DaiFrank wrote:
East Newport Dave wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.
What a conservative pair you two are. It's almost revolting. At least football supporters are less ingratiating. You know, a little criticism is not that bad. The worst sort (like you two) are the ones who just 'accept' (hic!).
Hardly! I was one of Darren Edwards' fiercest critics. He was useless!
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]Quite right Robert, but fielding a scratch side to take a hammering in Ulster doesn't do anything for players' or supporters' morale.[/p][/quote]What a conservative pair you two are. It's almost revolting. At least football supporters are less ingratiating. You know, a little criticism is not that bad. The worst sort (like you two) are the ones who just 'accept' (hic!).[/p][/quote]Hardly! I was one of Darren Edwards' fiercest critics. He was useless! East Newport Dave
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Wed 5 Mar 14

silurix says...

DaiFrank wrote:
silurix wrote:
we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.
You accept mediocrity that is your problem.
Dai - take a break and relax. Deep breathing is beneficial too. Its a game.
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.[/p][/quote]You accept mediocrity that is your problem.[/p][/quote]Dai - take a break and relax. Deep breathing is beneficial too. Its a game. silurix
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

Dai has an agenda that taints everything he writes. If the team was called Newport he would be different. Anyone that has followed the Dragons closely this season knows there have been obvious improvements over last season and that the efforts shown to improve things again for next season. Comparisons drawn with the Blues are very relevant too; they have a bigger budget and, on paper, a stronger side, but we have out performed them this season. To achieve mid table status this season is an achievement. To expect more with the budget and squad available is either unrealistic or just plain ignorant.
Dai has an agenda that taints everything he writes. If the team was called Newport he would be different. Anyone that has followed the Dragons closely this season knows there have been obvious improvements over last season and that the efforts shown to improve things again for next season. Comparisons drawn with the Blues are very relevant too; they have a bigger budget and, on paper, a stronger side, but we have out performed them this season. To achieve mid table status this season is an achievement. To expect more with the budget and squad available is either unrealistic or just plain ignorant. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Dai has an agenda that taints everything he writes. If the team was called Newport he would be different. Anyone that has followed the Dragons closely this season knows there have been obvious improvements over last season and that the efforts shown to improve things again for next season. Comparisons drawn with the Blues are very relevant too; they have a bigger budget and, on paper, a stronger side, but we have out performed them this season. To achieve mid table status this season is an achievement. To expect more with the budget and squad available is either unrealistic or just plain ignorant.
You are far too parochial. Lots of teams have bigger budgets so why not make comparisons elsewhere? Oh that's right it's because they are just down the road! Broaden your perspective a little.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: Dai has an agenda that taints everything he writes. If the team was called Newport he would be different. Anyone that has followed the Dragons closely this season knows there have been obvious improvements over last season and that the efforts shown to improve things again for next season. Comparisons drawn with the Blues are very relevant too; they have a bigger budget and, on paper, a stronger side, but we have out performed them this season. To achieve mid table status this season is an achievement. To expect more with the budget and squad available is either unrealistic or just plain ignorant.[/p][/quote]You are far too parochial. Lots of teams have bigger budgets so why not make comparisons elsewhere? Oh that's right it's because they are just down the road! Broaden your perspective a little. DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
What a gross generalization .. 'the Newport mindset'. What an insult to the good people of NEWPORT.

ps Have you seen Newport yet?
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: It's time people recognized the Newport mindset with talk of how rubbish the coaches are. Cast your mind back a few months and they were all saying how good it was that we at last had some very good coaches at last. There are some very good up players at the Dragons, most are injured but those who are playing do quite well overall. I too look forward to them all being fit and a few wins between now and the end of the season won't go amiss, but please remember Rome wasn't built in a day.[/p][/quote]What a gross generalization .. 'the Newport mindset'. What an insult to the good people of NEWPORT. ps Have you seen Newport yet? DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

richardmpowell wrote:
This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received….
Your first point is utter rubbish but typical of how people like you accept the average. Just remind me/us of their record? How average are their respective cv's?
[quote][p][bold]richardmpowell[/bold] wrote: This is my stand on what the problems are with the team and why they often perform so poorly on match days. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the coaches; they all have obvious abilities and proven track records. Secondly, the squad is too small and the players, with a few notable exceptions, are of limited ability and of limited experience, with youthfulness playing too much of a part; most are not of an adequate standard for the RaboDirect Pro 12 or the AVIVA Premiership, but are more than adequate for the Principality Premiership and for most of the teams in the English Championship; in short, they tend to ‘fall between two stools’ in terms of their abilities. Thirdly, and as many readers continually point out, the match-day front fives are invariably outgunned in the scrum and often in the lineouts, and also outplayed in the lose, all of which means that the backs are inevitably starved of useful ball. Fourthly, the revenue stream is inadequate to fund the standard of players, and particularly oversees and other home-country players, that any RaboDirect Pro 12 and AVIVA Premiership side is going to need to be successful; i.e. reliance on home-grown local talent to the current extent is unrealistic. So, leading on from my last point, there is a chicken and egg situation in that if we had more spectators we would have more gate receipts, probably more and greater sponsorship, and more money from the franchisees’ fees as they themselves would take more money. The local economic situation over the course of the last twenty or more years has also been a major contributory factor that has affected our regions far more than most of the clubs in the AVIVA Premiership, and gate receipts have been affected as a result. So how do we square this vicious circle of inadequate funds, too many players of limited ability, poor results and poor gates? And, indeed, is this vicious cycle soluble? All positive suggestions, and in your usual vociferous ways of course, will be gratefully received….[/p][/quote]Your first point is utter rubbish but typical of how people like you accept the average. Just remind me/us of their record? How average are their respective cv's? DaiFrank
  • Score: -1

10:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

silurix wrote:
DaiFrank wrote:
silurix wrote:
we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.
You accept mediocrity that is your problem.
Dai - take a break and relax. Deep breathing is beneficial too. Its a game.
oh I'm very relaxed don't you worry. You see what you should realize is that writing electronically never reveals the true emotions, feelings, behaviour etc. Oh that French Armagnac tastes good!
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: we finished with 28 points last season. So far we have 28 points with 7 games to go. We won't finish in the top half but 3 wins and the odd bonus point should see us mid-table-ish. A lot better than bottom but one last season.[/p][/quote]You accept mediocrity that is your problem.[/p][/quote]Dai - take a break and relax. Deep breathing is beneficial too. Its a game.[/p][/quote]oh I'm very relaxed don't you worry. You see what you should realize is that writing electronically never reveals the true emotions, feelings, behaviour etc. Oh that French Armagnac tastes good! DaiFrank
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DaiFrank says...

I would have preferred to place this comment on the Henson news item but it's not accepting presently. Anyway here is an example of how dumb the NGDs board and the two coaches are. Henson will 'put bums on seats' lol Winning would do that and Matthew Morgan a lot younger than Byrne, Henson etc is off to Bristol and who can blame him for why would he want to stake his future on a bunch of losers!? Get rid of the board they are truly amateur.
I would have preferred to place this comment on the Henson news item but it's not accepting presently. Anyway here is an example of how dumb the NGDs board and the two coaches are. Henson will 'put bums on seats' lol Winning would do that and Matthew Morgan a lot younger than Byrne, Henson etc is off to Bristol and who can blame him for why would he want to stake his future on a bunch of losers!? Get rid of the board they are truly amateur. DaiFrank
  • Score: -1

9:47pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Euwan Usami says...

DaiFrank wrote:
I would have preferred to place this comment on the Henson news item but it's not accepting presently. Anyway here is an example of how dumb the NGDs board and the two coaches are. Henson will 'put bums on seats' lol Winning would do that and Matthew Morgan a lot younger than Byrne, Henson etc is off to Bristol and who can blame him for why would he want to stake his future on a bunch of losers!? Get rid of the board they are truly amateur.
What a world class whinger you are. Nothing constructive to contribute, everyone is stupid, everyone's opinion is rubbish. Your answer is to spend money that doesn't exist on players we can't afford. People should treat you with the distain you deserve.
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: I would have preferred to place this comment on the Henson news item but it's not accepting presently. Anyway here is an example of how dumb the NGDs board and the two coaches are. Henson will 'put bums on seats' lol Winning would do that and Matthew Morgan a lot younger than Byrne, Henson etc is off to Bristol and who can blame him for why would he want to stake his future on a bunch of losers!? Get rid of the board they are truly amateur.[/p][/quote]What a world class whinger you are. Nothing constructive to contribute, everyone is stupid, everyone's opinion is rubbish. Your answer is to spend money that doesn't exist on players we can't afford. People should treat you with the distain you deserve. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 0

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