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Edwards: Bayonne needs to be benchmark

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Oct 2012


Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Darren Edwards believes his side could be heading into Friday’s clash with Ulster sitting pretty in the RaboDirect PRO12 if they’d started the season the way they have played in Europe.

On paper the Dragons’ RaboDirect PRO12 campaign to date exists in stark contrast to Friday’s Irish rivals – Ulster top of the table with five wins from five while the Gwent region are second-bottom.

Two wins from six on domestic duty has become two from eight with Amlin Challenge Cup defeats against Wasps and Bayonne however it is in the 22-19 reverse against their French opponents that Edwards sees some positives.

The Dragons head coach is in no doubt about the tough task that faces his side on Friday evening at Rodney Parade but said:

“It [the Bayonne game] shows that the performances are in us, we’ve got all the weapons and the frustrating thing is that the Pro12 table would look a lot better if we had played like that in a number of league fixtures,” he said.

“That needs to be our benchmark and that is the standard that we drive for on the training- ground – and I can assure you we are working really, really hard for that.

“It was a much better performance but if we think Bayonne are a big European team then they are nothing on Ulster.

“They are the form team at the moment. It’s an even bigger challenge and we need an even bigger performance.”