Match Preview: Dragons

Match Preview: Dragons

​Get the latest ahead of Saturday's United Rugby Championship Round 6 match against Dragons at Rodney Parade (kick-off 5.15pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 2 from 5.05pm ahead of a 5.15pm kick-off at Rodney Parade.

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 57th competition game)

Assistant: Elgan Williams, Richard Brace (both WRU)

TMO: Sam Grove White (SRU)


TEAM NEWS

The Edinburgh Rugby team to face Dragons will be named at 12 noon on Friday 26 November via the club's website and social channels.

OVERALL URC RECORD

Played 34, Dragons won 15, Edinburgh won 18 with 1 match drawn.


STORY OF THE MATCH

The overall head-to-head record suggests a potentially tight contest, with Edinburgh having won 18 times to the Dragons' 15, with one draw.

Most recent form, though, is in Edinburgh's favour following successive victories over the Vodacom Bulls and Zebre Parma while Dragons suffered losses against the DHL Stormers and Cardiff.

The Dragons can at least reflect on some strong showings against Edinburgh in Newport, with the Scottish side only having won once on their last four visits.

But Edinburgh will travel south on the back of ending a six-game losing run away from home when they defeated Zebre 27-10 last time out.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

D

E

Dragons scorers

Edinburgh scorers

Fri 8 Sep 17

Myreside

18

35

Gavin Henson(D/5P)

Duncan Weir(3C/3P) Junior Rasolea(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T) Blair Kinghorn(T) Robbie Fruean(T)

Fri 23 Feb 18

Eugene Cross Park

12

25

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

Rodney Parade

18

12

Jason Tovey(C/2P) Jared Rosser(2T)

Jaco van der Walt(C) Dougie Fife(T) Darcy Graham(T)

Fri 15 Feb 19

BT Murrayfield

17

34

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

BT Murrayfield

7

20

Adam Warren(T) Sam Davies(C)

Duhan van der Merwe(T) Simon Hickey(2C/2P) Blair Kinghorn(T)

Sun 28 Mar 21

Principality Stadium

24

17

Jonah Holmes(T) Matthew Screech(2T) Sam Davies(3C/P)

Mesulame Kunavula Kunalolo(T) Blair Kinghorn(T/C) Charlie Shiel(T)


TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISON

Dragons

Edinburgh

Last 3 URC results:

9 Oct - Connacht (A) W 35-22

9 Oct - Stormers (H) D 20-20

15 Oct - Stormers (H) L 10-24

16 Oct - Bulls (H) W 17-10

23 Oct - Cardiff Rugby (A) L 29-31

23 Oct - Zebre (A) W 27-10

URC 2021/22

11th - W1 D0 L4 - 9pts

4th - W3 D1 L1 - 18pts

URC form

LLwLl (9pts)

WlDWw (18pts)

Top try scorer

2 - Josh Lewis, Mesake Doge, Jonah Holmes

4 - Ben Vellacott

Top points scorer

48 - Sam Davies

26 - Jaco van der Walt


KEY STATS AND RECORDS

Dragons have won just one of their last nine United Rugby Championship encounters: 35-22 against Connacht in Galway in Round 3.

The Welshmen have not been victorious at home since beating Scarlets 52-32 at Rodney Parade in the Rainbow Cup in April.

Dragons most recent fixture against a Scottish opponent was a 16-27 defeat to Glasgow at Cardiff City Stadium in the Rainbow Cup which ended a three-game winning run against such opponents in the Championship.

Edinburgh’s only defeat in the United Rugby Championship this season was by the narrowest of margins to Benetton in Treviso in Round 2.

Edinburgh won their most recent away game 27-10 against Zebre in Parma to end a six-game winless streak on their travels in all competitions.

Edinburgh are without a win on their last three visits to Wales although they did draw 28-all with Scarlets in Llanelli in the Rainbow Cup June.

The last four meetings between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day.

Edinburgh’s only victory in their last four visits to Rodney Parade was 16-15 in the Championship in March 2016.

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