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Three from three for Dragons

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Feb 2011


Newport Gwent Dragons acting head coach Darren Edwards was delighted to see his side record a third consecutive Magners League triumph with a 18-3 win over Aironi.

The Italians had been targeting the Welsh side as they bid to record their first ever league win. But after enduring a mixed first-half the Dragons ran in two tries in the second to claim a hard-fought victory. It was the fourth win in a row, in all competitions, since Edwards took the reins.

This latest league victory sees the Men of Gwent climb to seventh in the league table, 12 points adrift of the play-off places but with two games in hand.

“I’m very proud of that win, you should be proud of every win but to get four in a row is brilliant, “ said Edwards.

“Consistency in performances is something we are always looking for. And after four in a row I feel we’re in a position where we can challenge any one.

“With the wet conditions here we knew our forwards would be up against it. Aironi have a big pack that take some beating, they showed that against Leinster last week.

“You have to respect that and grind them down and I thought we did that. There were so many scrums and the forwards worked really hard. The back three complemented that and I thought the half-backs controlled the game really well.

The Dragons now face Glasgow at Firhill on Friday and Edwards is determined to continue building momentum as they push for a play-off place.

“Next week is another huge test, we have a four day turn around and only have one training session. It’s the second of three games in a row and we have to try to carry it on."