Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Edwards hails Jones' kicking display

Newport Gwent Dragons coach Darren Edwards hailed Steffan Jones' performance

Steffan Jones earned the praise of Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Darren Edwards after kicking his side to an 18-14 LV= Cup Welsh derby victory over 2008 champions the Ospreys.

Fly-half Jones booted six impressive penalties as the Dragons grabbed their first win of the competition and gave their opponents a mountain to climb if they are to reach the knockout stages this season.

Edwards said: "It was a great kicking display by Steffan and he deserved the man-of-the-match award. We have struggled with getting points on the board in recent games and results not going our way.

"Our performances have been good but not the results. I wouldn't talk too much on performance because it was a dogfight. The Ospreys' young boys really got stuck into us and I think credit should go to them for that. But I have to be happy with my boys that they ground a win out."

Edwards hopes this win can help the Dragons end the campaign in style after they performed well in a close Amlin Challenge Cup defeat to Bayonne in France and also went down by only 30-19 to tough Aviva Premiership outfit London Wasps in the same tournament nine days ago.

"It is about getting momentum," Edwards added. "We have had some good momentum but just not getting the wins. Had we won in Bayonne and backed up by (beating) Wasps, then credit would have been rightly deserved."

The result left the Ospreys third in Pool Four - four points behind group leaders Northampton with just one match left.

Backs coach Gruff Rees said: "This was not one of the tournaments we targeted but, in terms of the competition and the greater good of Ospreys Rugby, we are pretty satisfied with exposing players not just to any old rugby but something meaningful, which this was as it was a local derby and vociferous crowd with people having to deal not just with the rugby but the environment.

"This was probably one of the toughest fixtures we could have had but also one of the most pleasing ones in terms of what we have got out of the night.

"It gives us a little bit of momentum - not so much in terms of the result but the positives around individual performances. Now we will have a real good go at Harlequins in Bridgend next week, which is a game we are really looking forward to."