Match Preview: Dragons

Match Preview: Dragons

​Get the latest ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash against Dragons at the Principality Stadium (kick-off 2pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 1.30pm ahead of a 2pm kick-off in Cardiff. You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Edinburgh Rugby squad to face Dragons will be named at 12 noon on Friday 26 March via press release, as well as on the club's website and social channels.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU, 19th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Ben Whitehouse, Adam Jones (both WRU)

TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)


CONFERENCE STANDINGS

OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 33, Dragons won 14, Edinburgh won 18 with 1 game drawn.


STORY OF THE MATCH

The Dragons will hope to pounce on any slip-up by Glasgow and know even a bonus-point win may not be enough should the Warriors match them.

Dean Ryan’s side have stayed in the hunt for fourth place courtesy of two wins in their previous three Guinness PRO14 fixtures, including Sunday’s victory over the Warriors.

Edinburgh had gone into the Round 16 fixtures still in with a chance of fourth but defeat at Cardiff combined with Scarlets’ thrilling triumph over Connacht means they will finish fifth.

The capital club have won one of their last four games in this competition but have been beaten only once in six against the Dragons, with this clash also taking place at the third time of asking due to Covid-19 and the weather.


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:

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

D

E

Dragons scorers

Edinburgh scorers

Fri 28 Apr 17

Myreside

20

24

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

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)


KEY STATS

This twice postponed game, which was originally scheduled for November but postponed due to Covid-19 and then postponed against due to frost in February.

Dragons have won two of their last three Guinness PRO14 fixtures, against Ospreys and Glasgow.

Dragons won their most recent match at Principality Stadium, 26-17 against Glasgow a week ago.

Edinburgh’s only win in their last four Guinness PRO14 fixtures was by a single point against Connacht in Galway on 13 March.

Edinburgh were defeated on their most recent visit to Wales, against Cardiff Blues on Monday to end a four-game winning run on trips to Wales.

Edinburgh have lost only one of their last six encounters with Dragons: 12-18 at Rodney Parade in November 2018.

This is Edinburgh’s first ever visit to Principality Stadium.


TEAM COMPARISON

Last 3 PRO14 results:

DRAGONS

6 Mar - Ospreys (A) W 31-20

EDINBURGH RUGBY

27 Feb - Scarlets (H) L 25-27

13 Mar - Ulster (H) L 22-26

13 Mar - Connacht (A) W 15-14

21 Mar - Glasgow (H) W 26-17

22 Mar - Cardiff Blues (A) L 15-34

PRO14 2019/20

Conf A: 5th - W5 D0 L10 - 25pts

Conf B: 5th - W5 D0 L9 - 24pts

PRO14 form

LLlwLW (11pts)

lwLLwl (10pts)

Top try scorer

5 - Ashton Hewitt, Jonah Holmes

3 - Magnus Bradbury

Top points scorer

104 - Sam Davies

66 - Jaco van der Walt

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