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Crosswell: One win could change Newport season

Charlie Bennett

3 Nov 2016

Flanker Nick Crosswell says a morale-boosting win would change Newport Gwent Dragons’ season and allow them to look up rather than down the Guinness PRO12 table.

The Welsh side have won just one of their seven league games and sit tenth in the table after they were defeated by Ospreys 35-17 last weekend.

Their Challenge Cup campaign got off to a flying start with a 37-16 win at home to Brive, but a 38-18 defeat to Enisei-STM leaves them second, one point ahead of third-placed Brive in their bid to qualify from Pool 3.

The Dragons now face champions Connacht on Friday night, another side with a far from ideal start to the Guinness PRO12 season, and the forward is desperate for the victory which, he claims, could start a strong run of form.

“Week in, week out we play some good rugby but haven’t got the results,” he told the South Wales Argus.

“We don’t make any excuses, we put our hands up to what we have lacked and where we’ve got to be.

“We had an awesome result against a top French side in Brive last time we were at home (a five-try, 37-16 victory) and we love being at Rodney Parade.

“It’s good to be back in front of our home crowd after a tough couple of weeks.

“We can jump Connacht with a win and can then look at the next team. A win would be massive for morale and jumping ahead of Connacht would be massive.”

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