Belfast Telegraph

Dragons need to discover fire after uninspiring start

By Michael Sadlier

Right now the Dragons could do with a bit of a boost which is understandably why there has been so much fanfare surrounding the signing of former Springboks winger Tonderai Chavhanga who is expected to make his debut for the club tonight.

With one win to their name after four games Darren Edwards's squad is currently to be found a solitary place above bottom club Aironi, who just happen to be the only ones the Dragons have got the better of in what has been a tricky opening fixture list.

The Gwent side have been on some rather unfruitful travels around Ireland and have lost all three trips to Munster, Leinster, and, most recently, Connacht where they at least managed a losing bonus point.

This wasn't exactly how Edwards - who came in last season after long-serving coach Paul Turner and the club parted company with much acrimony - had planned to kick on from what was a fairly encouraging end to their last league campaign where they helped wreck Cardiff Blues' aspirations for a top four finish.

Of course the World Cup has had an impact on what Edwards has been able to put out with key forwards in Luke Charteris, Danny Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Lloyd Burns as well as crowd favourite and backline strike-runner Aled Brew all away in New Zealand. It is hardly the time to be hit by a spiralling list of injuries; but this is exactly what has happened.

Still, the Rodney Parade side are battling on and some encouragement has been taken from their efforts in Galway.

Having undertaken a massive clear out in the off-season, Edwards could do with some luck and seeing the speedy Chavhanga score some tries to take the bad look off things. They badly need to now deliver something in their own back yard.

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