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Dragons centre Smith wary of Weir threat

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 Dec 2011


Newport Gwent Dragons stand-in skipper Ashley Smith admits his side must be on their best behaviour against Glasgow on Sunday or hot-shot Duncan Weir will be on hand to punish them.

Centre Smith, who steps in as captain for the injured Luke Charteris, is only too aware of the danger Weir poses – when the two sides met at Firhill in October the Warriors prevailed 24-19 with fly-half Weir kicking a RaboDirect PRO12 record eight penalties from eight attempts.

And Smith, who has seen his side fail to rack up a RaboDirect PRO12 victory since September, believes the Dragons must keep the Warriors penned back in their own half if all that is to change.

“We just cannot afford to give [Weir] the opportunities that he had in Glasgow,” said Smith.

“Weir was superb and kicked everything but we haven’t been the only ones to suffer. He has been pretty consistent throughout the season and is definitely one of their main weapons.

“We know that even 40 metres out we cannot afford to give away penalties and we have been working hard on our discipline in training, hopefully that will be put into action on Sunday.”