Preview | Edinburgh v Dragons

Preview | Edinburgh v Dragons

What’s at stake?

Edinburgh will be looking to bounce back from defeat away to the Southern Kings last time out, leaving them just one point clear of the Scarlets in the race for a top three finish. Prior to that, they had won seven in a row in all competitions.

The Dragons, meanwhile, were narrowly denied at home to Munster last time out and are still seeking their first away win of the season.

Team news (Edinburgh)

Scotland international back-row Magnus Bradbury returns from injury to feature for the first time in four months.

The four-times capped back-row is one of eight internationalists named in the starting XV as recent Scotland call-ups Darcy Graham, Chris Dean, Ben Toolis and Luke Crosbie are all released for the Guinness PRO14 encounter.

Henry Pyrgos captains the side which also sees winger and top try-scorer Duhan van der Merwe return to action after missing the match against Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth last month.

Team news (Dragons)

Centre Jarryd Sage and back row James Benjamin are called into the starting line-up. Benjamin comes in at No.8 for the encounter, with Ollie Griffiths moving across the back row to play in the seven jersey.

Sage is named at centre alongside Tyler Morgan, as Dragons go into the game with six players away on international duty with Wales.

The only other change to the match day squad is a call-up for Gavin Henson who is named among the replacements.

Talking points:

Head Coach Richard Cockerill said: “The next block of matches are pivotal for us and we can’t afford to slip up. Everyone is extremely close at the top of Conference B, so we know the importance of this group of fixtures.

“It starts against Dragons tomorrow night. They are a tough, competitive side with plenty of attacking threats across the park. We’re determined to get back to winning ways and we’ll have to be at our best for the full 80 minutes tomorrow evening.”

Dragons backs Coach Barry Maddocks said: “It would be great to get that away win. Edinburgh have strengthened a lot so, even though they will have some players away with Scotland, they are a strong unit.

“We defended well at home when we faced Edinburgh in November and when we had opportunities in attack we took them.

“They will like to play with the ball in hand and like to play for long periods so we will have to be on our mettle.

“It is a fantastic venue and you have got to be excited to play in a stadium like BT Murrayfield. We know it is going to be a tough game, but the boys are looking forward to it and in good spirits as we return to the challenge of the Guinness PRO14.”

Key Battle:

Jaco van der Walt v Josh Lewis

Jaco van der Walt is still yet to miss a kick at goal in the Guinness PRO14 this season.

The Edinburgh No.10 has made 18 from 18 in the league and his opposite man Josh Lewis will need to try and upset the South African’s rhythm if the Dragons are to have a chance.

Lewis’ own success rate from the tee is down below 75% but he is looking increasingly at home in the No.10 jersey for the Dragons.

Key stat:

Edinburgh have won their last eleven home games in all tournaments since Ulster beat them at BT Murrayfield in the Guinness PRO14 last April.

Did you know?

The Dragons are still without a win in Scotland in the league since 201

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