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Ulster v Newport Gwent Dragons: Visitors relishing the prospect of proving their mettle in Belfast

By Jonathan Bradley

After coming within a last-gasp Paddy Jackson penalty of winning on their last visit to Belfast, Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones says his side are back at Kingspan Stadium to have a go tonight.

Having lost their biggest star, Taulupe Faletau, to Bath over the summer, the Welsh region know they may spend most of the season as underdogs but Jones will embrace the challenge.

"It's a tough start but that's what the league is," he commented. "An away game at Ulster is a challenge but on the other side of that it's a great place to go and play rugby.

"Last year we felt we were very close. It was a daft penalty we gave away that was the difference and we possibly should have won the game.

"Both coaches will think that but we can take confidence. We've got everything to gain and not a lot to lose in some ways. We'll have the respect of Ulster but if we win there'll be a few raised eyebrows.

"This season for us is all about having a crack at it. If it doesn't come off, it doesn't come off but we're going to have a go."

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