Dragons boss Lyn Jones: Nobody to blame but ourselves for Edinburgh defeat

Newport Gwent Dragons v Edinburgh - Rodney Parade. Lewis Evans is tackled. (5106611)

Newport Gwent Dragons v Edinburgh - Rodney Parade. Lewis Evans is tackled. (5106611)

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DIRECTOR of rugby Lyn Jones said Newport Gwent Dragons were the architects of their own downfall after their wastefulness ensured their alarming slide in the RaboDirect Pro12 continued.

Edinburgh left a sodden Rodney Parade with the spoils after edging to a 23-19 victory on Thursday evening, a win that saw them leapfrog the Dragons in the table.

The region have now claimed just seven points from a possible 35 since the turn of the year – a surprise victory against title hopefuls Glasgow their solitary success – and have slid down to ninth.

Their advantage over Cardiff Blues in the race to avoid being Wales' worst, an unwanted tag that the Dragons have had for seven out of 10 seasons, is now just three points with four games remaining.

And yet they should have been toasting a morale-boosting victory last night.

The hosts had the better of the game and their pack were furious that a last-minute assault on the Edinburgh line failed to be rewarded with a penalty try.

"One of the worst scrum decisions I have ever seen. #robbed," Tweeted tighthead Duncan Bell before deleting the post and replacing it with "Sorry, what I meant to say was, that was a great scrum decision and I wholeheartedly agree with the decision.... Well done ref."

But Jones felt that they should not have even been in a position where they were chasing the game at the death.

"We can refer to a scrum at the end of the game but the scoreboard was shaped by the first 25 minutes when we failed to take our points," said the director of rugby.

"To score just six (through two Jason Tovey penalties) was not enough for the territory and pressure that we had; that shaped the end of the game.

"We've got to take it on the chin and move forward. The boys have responded to a pumping against Connacht (24-8 a fortnight ago) but the result wasn't to be and that's the reward that you want for working hard.

"There were lots of good individual performances but we were guilty of entering their 22 and kicking the ball away needlessly when we needed to be a little bit more positive."

The Dragons are now looking for Edinburgh to do them a favour by beating the Blues at Meggetland next Friday so that they remain above their Welsh rivals by the time they take on Treviso at the Stadio Monigo the following day (kick-off 6pm).

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1:52pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

This man should be sacked. He isn't very good at his Job.
This man should be sacked. He isn't very good at his Job. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -21

3:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

hazellboy says...

tactics of kicking away possession was dire, the buck stops at the head coach, also Duncan please don't go down the footballers route of blaming the ref,also what have the county done to the pitch? always used to be 100% better than last night
tactics of kicking away possession was dire, the buck stops at the head coach, also Duncan please don't go down the footballers route of blaming the ref,also what have the county done to the pitch? always used to be 100% better than last night hazellboy
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

silurix says...

Give the coaches time to develop a squad with players they have picked. Then you can judge them. I tend to agree with Gwyn Jones ( not often ) who said that the Dragons have over-performed with what they have available. The players should be given credit for playing with spirit and commitment ( Connacht game excepted ) even if they fall short with skills, wit and physique occasionally. The Dragons were never going to be a top 6 team this season. They will do well to come anywhere near that next season. There are no quick fixes in Wales. The finance isn't there.
Give the coaches time to develop a squad with players they have picked. Then you can judge them. I tend to agree with Gwyn Jones ( not often ) who said that the Dragons have over-performed with what they have available. The players should be given credit for playing with spirit and commitment ( Connacht game excepted ) even if they fall short with skills, wit and physique occasionally. The Dragons were never going to be a top 6 team this season. They will do well to come anywhere near that next season. There are no quick fixes in Wales. The finance isn't there. silurix
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Amber in the blood says...

Only Lyn Jones to blame, he sets the team up,the skill level of the players has gone backwards under him,people can write on here making excuses for him - just take a look at the performances there is no direction. That comes from the coach.
Only Lyn Jones to blame, he sets the team up,the skill level of the players has gone backwards under him,people can write on here making excuses for him - just take a look at the performances there is no direction. That comes from the coach. Amber in the blood
  • Score: -6

7:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

hazellboy wrote:
tactics of kicking away possession was dire, the buck stops at the head coach, also Duncan please don't go down the footballers route of blaming the ref,also what have the county done to the pitch? always used to be 100% better than last night
The County have paid half the cost of the new pitch, end of. The club house end has to be completed this summer and will be much better. I was talking to a very long time served rugby player last night who told me the pitch at the club house end always was a problem with water logging. He played on it some 50 years ago and it was the same then so stop putting the County in the position of the devil, it ain't true. Last night the wrong tactics were used, a more robust direct tactic rather than kicking position away so much should have been the call. You don't score ties without the ball, rule one keep possession it stop them playing Rugby. SIMPLES.
[quote][p][bold]hazellboy[/bold] wrote: tactics of kicking away possession was dire, the buck stops at the head coach, also Duncan please don't go down the footballers route of blaming the ref,also what have the county done to the pitch? always used to be 100% better than last night[/p][/quote]The County have paid half the cost of the new pitch, end of. The club house end has to be completed this summer and will be much better. I was talking to a very long time served rugby player last night who told me the pitch at the club house end always was a problem with water logging. He played on it some 50 years ago and it was the same then so stop putting the County in the position of the devil, it ain't true. Last night the wrong tactics were used, a more robust direct tactic rather than kicking position away so much should have been the call. You don't score ties without the ball, rule one keep possession it stop them playing Rugby. SIMPLES. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 9

8:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

I really didn't understand the tactics(if thats what they were) last night. I cannot beleive that the coaches told the players to kick the ball aimlessly into the air as soon as they got possession. Football whether association, grid iron, rugby league and union is all and everything about POSSESSION of the football, you have it you can score, they dont have it they can't.. I dont know if Kingsley or Lyn read these comments but if they do can we have some answers.
I really didn't understand the tactics(if thats what they were) last night. I cannot beleive that the coaches told the players to kick the ball aimlessly into the air as soon as they got possession. Football whether association, grid iron, rugby league and union is all and everything about POSSESSION of the football, you have it you can score, they dont have it they can't.. I dont know if Kingsley or Lyn read these comments but if they do can we have some answers. blackandamber
  • Score: 8

12:29am Sat 5 Apr 14

broadsworddan says...

Dan Evans kicking game is dire. Hallam at least isn't afraid to run from deep.
Dan Evans kicking game is dire. Hallam at least isn't afraid to run from deep. broadsworddan
  • Score: 12

10:36am Sat 5 Apr 14

topdocker says...

The coaches have to be given a chance. This is not the Jones' boys team, they have inherited it. With more experienced players coming in next season certainly in the front five, and making them capable of holding their own in the scrum, its going to give the backs not only more, but better opportunities and with Byrne's running and Brew's strength on the wing and if Henson joins, as long as he gets his head from up his own ar5e the backs look a better shape. I'd like to see the coaches give Tyler Morgan a chance, I think he's a better prospect than Jack Dixon. I cant wait to see the end of this season however next season i'm sure will be much better. if its not then the coaches will come under pressure. Just one little side note, can the club please fly the Newport RFC flag at all times (as its their ground) together with the Dragon's or the County's flags when they're playing.
The coaches have to be given a chance. This is not the Jones' boys team, they have inherited it. With more experienced players coming in next season certainly in the front five, and making them capable of holding their own in the scrum, its going to give the backs not only more, but better opportunities and with Byrne's running and Brew's strength on the wing and if Henson joins, as long as he gets his head from up his own ar5e the backs look a better shape. I'd like to see the coaches give Tyler Morgan a chance, I think he's a better prospect than Jack Dixon. I cant wait to see the end of this season however next season i'm sure will be much better. if its not then the coaches will come under pressure. Just one little side note, can the club please fly the Newport RFC flag at all times (as its their ground) together with the Dragon's or the County's flags when they're playing. topdocker
  • Score: 2

8:47am Sun 6 Apr 14

broadsworddan says...

What's the situation with new coach to replace Darren. Is someone coming in to replace him or not? Performance has gone down hill massively since he left. It seems daft to me to have let go of the main coach (i say main instead of head) mid season. He's the biggest influence on the teams training systems. He goes, everything falls flat until new training structures are implemented. These changes should have been made in the summer. Surely that's common sense.
What's the situation with new coach to replace Darren. Is someone coming in to replace him or not? Performance has gone down hill massively since he left. It seems daft to me to have let go of the main coach (i say main instead of head) mid season. He's the biggest influence on the teams training systems. He goes, everything falls flat until new training structures are implemented. These changes should have been made in the summer. Surely that's common sense. broadsworddan
  • Score: 0

10:41pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

Forget this season. Next season will be the turning point for us.
Get rid of some dead wood, Nathan buck, dan way, Nathan Williams, will Harris, and Wayne Evans with any luck.

We can then kick on and win All our home games at least.
Forget this season. Next season will be the turning point for us. Get rid of some dead wood, Nathan buck, dan way, Nathan Williams, will Harris, and Wayne Evans with any luck. We can then kick on and win All our home games at least. Thor at the door
  • Score: 3

10:26am Mon 7 Apr 14

Dragons Eye says...

So absolutely nothing has changed from last season apart from the inflated wage bill for the Jones boys.

Excellent work
So absolutely nothing has changed from last season apart from the inflated wage bill for the Jones boys. Excellent work Dragons Eye
  • Score: -3

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