Match Preview: Dragons
Get the latest ahead of Friday night's (12 February) rescheduled Round 7 trip to face Dragons at Rodney Parade with this week's Match Preview.
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The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 7pm ahead of a 7.35pm kick-off at Rodney Parade. You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.
The Edinburgh Rugby squad travelling to Wales will be named at 12 noon on Thursday 11 February via press release, as well as the club's website and social channels.
Referee: Adam Jones (WRU, 9th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens, Dan Jones (both WRU)
TMO: Rhys Thomas (WRU)
OVERALL PRO14 RECORD
Played 33, Dragons won 14, Edinburgh won 18 with 1 game drawn.
STORY OF THE MATCH
Dragons will be aiming to get their first win of 2021 on the board as Edinburgh Rugby travel to Rodney Parade this Friday.
Last weekend’s 30-20 defeat at home to Connacht means the Welsh side have begun the year with three successive defeats and they remain without a victory since edging out Glasgow 23-22 in early December.
Edinburgh, like their hosts, are fifth in their conference but have won two of their last three games including a 26-10 victory at Zebre last time out.
The capital side have won their two most recent meetings with the Dragons but lost 18-12 on their last visit to Rodney Parade in November 2018.
LAST TIME OUT
Richard Cockerill's side last faced Dragons in November 2019 where the powered to a 20-7 victory at BT Murrayfield. Watch the match highlights below:
Fri 28 Apr 17
Angus O'Brien(2C/2P) Carl Meyer(T) Pat Howard(T)
Grant Gilchrist(T) Jason Tovey(3C/P) Damien Hoyland(T) Blair Kinghorn(T)
Fri 8 Sep 17
Duncan Weir(3C/3P) Junior Rasolea(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T) Blair Kinghorn(T) Robbie Fruean(T)
Fri 23 Feb 18
Eugene Cross Park
Dorian Jones(C) Rynard Landman(2T)
Duncan Weir(T) Chris Dean(T) Neil Cochrane(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/P) Cameron Fenton(T)
Sun 25 Nov 18
Jason Tovey(C/2P) Jared Rosser(2T)
Jaco van der Walt(C) Dougie Fife(T) Darcy Graham(T)
Fri 15 Feb 19
Tyler Morgan(2T) Josh Lewis(2C/P)
James Johnstone(2T) Duhan van der Merwe(2T) Jaco van der Walt(3C/P) Magnus Bradbury(T)
Fri 8 Nov 19
Adam Warren(T) Sam Davies(C)
Duhan van der Merwe(T) Simon Hickey(2C/2P) Blair Kinghorn(T)
Dragons have not been victorious since beating Glasgow Warriors by a single point at Scotstoun on 5 December, whilst their most recent win at Rodney Parade was against Zebre in early October.
Dragons only home defeat to a Scottish opponent in the Guinness PRO14 since September 2016 was when today’s adversary, Edinburgh, were the visitors in February 2018.
Edinburgh Rugby’s only defeat in any competition since December was by a single point to Glasgow at Scotstoun on 16 January.
Edinburgh have lost only once to a Walsh region since February 2019: 10-25 at home to Ospreys in October 2020.
Edinburgh’s only loss to Dragons in their last six meetings in the Guinness PRO14 was 12-18 at Rodney Parade in November 2018.
Edinburgh have not been successful at Rodney Parade since a single point victory there in March 2016.
Last 3 PRO14 results:
1 Jan - Scarlets (A) L 3-20
2 Jan - Glasgow (H) W 10-7
9 Jan - Ospreys (H) L 20-28
16 Jan - Glasgow (A) L 22-23
5 Feb - Connacht (H) L 20-30
23 Jan - Zebre (A) W 26-10
Conf A: 5th - W3 D0 L7 - 14pts
Conf B: 5th - W4 D0 L6 - 19pts
Top try scorer
4 - Jamie Roberts
2 - Mark Bennett, Nic Groom, Jack Blain, Jamie Farndale, Mike Willemse
Top points scorer
53 - Sam Davies
51 - Jaco van der Walt