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  • "One thing is certain we now have a back line worthy of the name that can turn in tries with the best of them.....if they are given the ball.
    We all know the problem, and I include LJ and team in this, and to be fair he is trying to do something about it. While Goughie is not a long term answer he will certainly be a big help up to (or even after 60 mins). and will help ease the load on our injury prone 2nd rows without causing a loss of power. He will certainly increase the intimidation factor (we really need Will James as well). With him Goughie,Stankovitch and Bell we could have a fine OAP pack with a purpose that would really take the vinegar out of some of these younger "hard men" and win some decent ball for 60 mins at least. By the way has anyone else noticed there are not that many international class front fives in the market.
    Agreed 2014 not gone well, but at least some pride has been put back in the side and that counts for a lot, even in the professional era. Also in case no-one noticed, people, good people are actually signing with the NGD now, That was not happening prior to LJ and Kingsley arriving.
    We are still light on good cover in the pack but next season we can realistically expect a losing BP in matches we would have been expected to get thrashed two years ago.
    The plan should be the same as Gatlands when he arrived.
    1.Stop leaking tries and spilling the ball
    1A. GET FIT. REALLY, REALLY FIT enough to play 120 mins full out.
    1B Learn the basics of handling, passing and catching properly.
    2. slow the opposition ball without giving vital penalties in kickable areas
    3. Intimidate the line and set pieces
    4. Make all your kicks count from hand and tee.
    5. Don't give possession away by aimless kicking and spilling it in the tackle.
    6 Start scoring tries when it counts

    Here endeth the first lesson, A prayer might come in handy about now too......"
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Lyn Jones: Dragons rebuilding job is working

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First published in Sport

DIRECTOR of rugby Lyn Jones believes Newport Gwent Dragons' spirited Judgement Day performance against the Ospreys shows that the Rodney Parade rebuilding job is working.

Not much has changed for the Dragons this season in terms of their placing in the RaboDirect Pro12; they sit 10th and are destined to finish as the bottom Welsh region.

But plenty is changing off the field; Jones has already signed seven players for 2014/15 and a raft of squad members are entering the final few weeks of their time at Rodney Parade.

The rebuilding job has no doubt played a part in form slipping since the turn of the year – they have taken just 7 points from a possible 45 – but Jones believes better times are around the corner.

"I was absolutely delighted with the attitude and the effort that the players put in against the Ospreys," said the director of rugby, who took over the reins last June.

"I thought that Lewis Evans was outstanding as a captain and as a player – we need more like him doing the Dragons shirt proud.

"We are slowly but surely getting the right people in the room and it's only when we get everyone singing from the same sheet that we will succeed.

"I said in the build-up to the Ospreys game that we are probably seven years behind the Ospreys and the challenge is to close that gap as quickly as we can. Sunday was an indication that we are doing it the right way."

Nonetheless it was another pointless encounter for the Dragons and finishing above the in-form Cardiff Blues, who are six clear thanks to a hat-trick of wins, is now highly unlikely.

Jones said: "We are bottom of the log, there's only one way for us to go and that's up. There's no shortcut to where we want to go, it'll just take bloodymindedness to stick at it and keep building.

"There are things in place for next season but now we have the challenge to beat the Scarlets and beat Treviso."

One victory could well be enough for the Dragons to leapfrog Edinburgh and Connacht into eighth in the table.

The side from the Scottish capital, who are four points ahead, have a tricky run-in against three title hopefuls – Glasgow, Munster and Leinster.

The Galway-based province, who are three points ahead, host Cardiff Blues and end against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

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