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Dragons duo look to link up

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Apr 2011

Dragons duo Jason Tovey and Aled Brew are hoping they can continue their effective link up when Cardiff Blues visit Rodney Parade this weekend.

Fly-half Tovey and wing Brew have developed a fine understanding this term, with the latter the beneficiary of some superb cross-field kicks and the attacking instincts of the Dragons’ first-choice playmaker.

"I don't think I have to look for Aled, he knows where I'm going to kick the ball," said Tovey, in reference to the seemingly telepathic understanding between the two.

"We've been working on that move a lot in training. He just knows when and where I will do it and he's scored a hell of a lot of tries this season."

Those sentiments are echoed by Brew, the Dragons’ leading scorer and a nominee for last year’s Magners League Player of the Season award.

"It's good to play with a left footed 10," added Brew.

"I get a lot of ball coming my way, I just feel sorry for Adam Hughes on the right!

"Jason is a class player with the ball in hand and creates space for others."


Aled Brew has an impressive try-scoring record

Brew has been in great form this season, scoring 11 tries in 17 Magners League appearances.

The 24-year-old has been one of his region’s standout performers throughout a mixed campaign, with his work rate and finishing ability leading supporters to insist he simply has to be included in Wales’ World Cup squad this autumn.

But while Brew admits the plaudits are gratefully received, he insists winning games with the Dragons, starting this Friday, is his main priority.

"I just target winning games. Scoring is an added bonus on my behalf but first and foremost the most important thing is to win," said Brew.

"This season has been going well for me. I'm still making some errors and that's something I have to work on. I’m close to 30 games so it's been a long season for me, but I’m enjoying it.

"Every rugby player wants to play for their country. It's a great honour and if I was given the nod I'd look to take the opportunity with two hands. But I just want to finish the season on a high with the Dragons.

"If they decide to give me the opportunity hopefully I can take my Dragons form into Wales."


Jason Tovey is desperate to beat the Blues

Like Brew, Tovey was also tipped for a Wales call up last year but he hasn’t quite hit the heights on as regular basis this time around.

The 21-year-old admits his campaign has mirrored the Dragons’ own season in being a little more inconsistent than he would have liked, but he knows that finishing the year with successive wins would be a great way to enter the summer break.

And while a Play-Off spot may now be beyond them, the Dragons are determined to get the better of the Blues this Friday for three specific reasons: firstly to claim local bragging rights over a side they haven’t beaten since 2006; secondly to deny the Blues a chance of claiming a first-ever Celtic crown; and thirdly to remind supporters that, with stadium developments taking place at Rodney Parade, the region has a bright future to look forward to.

"It's been one of those seasons for me," continued Tovey.

"It's been a bit up and down but I just have to keep digging in. We were playing well up until Edinburgh last weekend so hopefully we can get back to where we were.

"All the Welsh derbies are big games but everyone looks forward to the Blues the most. They are literally five minutes down the road. It's the biggest game of the year.

"We crumbled the Ospreys' chances of qualifying for the Play-Offs and we will be fighting against the Blues to help whoever else we can.

"We can't get in the Play-Offs ourselves and we can throw the ball around. They need to win and the pressure is on them.

"With the new stadium going up here we want to attract more fans. We are playing well and will have a great chance next season with the World Cup going on when we will only be without three or four players.

"A lot of the boys are here for at least another two years so we're in a good position here."