PRO14 Round 9: Dragons v Edinburgh

Richard Cockerill’s basket is not as overflowing as Dave Rennie’s this week as PRO14 action resumes but he does have Ross Ford and Luke Hamilton back from the Scotland squad who didn’t add to their caps, and Ben Toolis, who did but not at 6 where he will play this weekend.

It could be the Townsend brains trust sharing ideas with Cockers or just the fact that between injuries and international duty the likes of John Barclay, Magnus Bradbury, Bill Mata, Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson are all unavailable to Edinburgh; it is more likely that they’ve just got more second rows spare which is great news for young lads like Jamie Hodgson, Callum Hunter-Hill and Ally Miller desperate for game time at this level. It’ll be interesting to see how the lineout goes although I am sure Toolis will have some input.

The Dragons will be led by the ever-dependable Richard Hibbard in a Battle of the Former Greats with Ross Ford. It’s difficult to see how this one will turn out, but away points for Edinburgh would be a useful boost to their league campaign.

Dragons: Jordan Williams, Jared Rosser, Tyler Morgan, Jarryd Sage, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Rhodri Williams, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard (capt), Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, Lewis Evans, Harri Keddie, Nic Cudd, Ollie Griffiths.
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Aaron Jarvis, Leon Brown, Brandon Nansen, James Benjamin, Rhodri Davies, Arwel Robson, Adam Warren.

Edinburgh Rugby: Dougie Fife, Darcy Graham, James Johnstone, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe, Simon Hickey, Henry Pyrgos (capt); Pierre Schoeman, Ross Ford, Pietro Ceccarelli, Jamie Hodgson, Callum Hunter-Hill, Ben Toolis, Ally Miller, Luke Hamilton.
Replacements: Dave Cherry, Rory Sutherland, Murray McCallum, Callum Atkinson, Lewis Wynne, Sean Kennedy, Jaco van der Walt, Juan Pablo Socino.

Referee: Stuart Berry

Rodney Parade, Sunday 25th, 5.30pm

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8 comments on “PRO14 Round 9: Dragons v Edinburgh

  1. TeamCam on

    Berry is useless so far. Dragons should already be down to 15, he doesn’t award a YC because he can’t see the number, gives a warning, no YC at the next penalty. What a joke. And a further penalty, which must be a YC, and he calls advantage over. Shambles.

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  2. Rj on

    Ref had an absolute shocker no doubt, but this ref always does because he is poor and not up to standard.

    However, Edinburgh deserved to lose this game irrespective of the officials. The tactics from the start were ultra negative with zero ambition to put the ball wide despite the fact two of our better players on the pitch are on each flank.

    Edinburgh not making any progress this year sadly, same story away from home every time.

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    • TeamCam on

      I just hope that Cockers has his eye on lulling everyone in the ERCC into a false sense of security… Otherwise Edinburgh are going backwards.

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      • Bazz on

        In Edinburgh’s defence we had a much larger chunk of players missing and it was away from home.

        1. Dell
        2. McInally
        3. Nel+Berghan
        4. Carmichael + McKenzie
        5. Gilchrist
        6. Barclay + Crosbie
        7. Watson + Ritchie
        8. Mata + Bradbury
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        12. Scott
        13. Bennett
        14.
        15. Kinghorn

      • TeamCam on

        The same was true of Warriors when they played Munster and Ospreys, though, and those performances were both excellent. Dragons are the worst team in the league and Edinburgh are quality, no way should Dragons be winning that game.

      • Bazz on

        I dunno…having a look at both line-ups its hard to say ours is much better than theirs if at all… I was disappointed but not shocked we lost this.

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