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Post by munkian on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 1:58 pm

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RiscaGame wrote:Their backs. Wow.

Jackman really can't settle on a hooker mind.

Just saw Simon Thomas tweet Leon Brown has suffered a second concussion. If that's so, I wonder if that means the first wasn't really dealt with properly?

Are you sure ? I've read it that he suffered a concussion so he hasn't been picked INCASE he suffers another.
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Post by munkian on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 3:07 pm

Pat Howard is off to Ealing Trail finders.
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Post by munkian on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 4:14 pm

Tyler Morgan has extended his contract.
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Post by munkian on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 12:22 pm

Aaron Jarvis from Clermont to Dragons.

Big Samoan lock on the way too.
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Post by The Oracle on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 1:24 pm

munkian wrote:Aaron Jarvis from Clermont to Dragons.

Big Samoan lock on the way too.

I posted the other day about him being at Clermont. I hadn’t realised he was there and wondered if he could be enticed back! Good signing IMO.
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Post by Kingshu on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 1:31 pm

Do Dragons fans still think Jackman is the man for the job?

Also with the new signings, Dragons fans must be at their most positive they have been in years?

How do you see next season going?

I've said for years that Dragons fans want a Rodney parade to be a fortress and build from there, is that stills case?

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Post by munkian on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 1:40 pm

Kingshu wrote:Do Dragons fans still think Jackman is the man for the job?

Also with the new signings, Dragons fans must be at their most positive they have been in years?

How do you see next season going?

I've said for years that Dragons fans want a Rodney parade to be a fortress and build from there, is that stills case?

The litmus test is next season, he's actually taken the blame for the awful results in his latest interview so I'm going to reserve judgement till our first 4-5 games.

We won't have much time to gel but we are bringing in a lot of experience so hopefully things will go a lot better.

Winning our home games or at least making it a hard place to go is a must.

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Post by RiscaGame on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 2:06 pm

He will undoubtedly look better next season, as he has been given the opportunity to buy players that no other coach has had before. I'm not convinced by him, but will give him a fair crack with his own squad.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 2:16 pm

He'd better do well with his own squad, given how critical he's been of the squad he inherited.

I really shouldn't feel optimistic about next season, but I do. God help me, I do.

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Post by The Oracle on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 2:17 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:He'd better do well with his own squad, given how critical he's been of the squad he inherited.

I really shouldn't feel optimistic about next season, but I do. God help me, I do.

Feel exactly the same. Happens every season! Season ends and I feel all doom and gloom. Then a signing or two and everything’s rosy!
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 4:44 pm

History has taught us nothing!

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 6:23 pm

Kingshu wrote:Do Dragons fans still think Jackman is the man for the job?

Also with the new signings, Dragons fans must be at their most positive they have been in years?

How do you see next season going?

I've said for years that Dragons fans want a Rodney parade to be a fortress and build from there, is that stills case?

Most of us were positive, then we found out about the signings... I can see us picking up maybe 5 wins next season but on the whole I'm not convinced by the 'squad transformation.'

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 6:24 pm

North has signed for Ospreys as expected and he had this to say:

""I believe the Ospreys have an exciting future with the structure and the recruitment they have put in place..."

He obviously didn't do his research laughing

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 6:25 pm

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munkian wrote:Aaron Jarvis from Clermont to Dragons.

Big Samoan lock on the way too.

I posted the other day about him being at Clermont. I hadn’t realised he was there and wondered if he could be enticed back! Good signing IMO.

Why do you rate him? He struggles during scrum time. I think Clermont had signed him as he plays like an extra flanker, and I'm not sure if that's what we need.

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Post by The Oracle on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 7:11 pm

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munkian wrote:Aaron Jarvis from Clermont to Dragons.

Big Samoan lock on the way too.

I posted the other day about him being at Clermont. I hadn’t realised he was there and wondered if he could be enticed back! Good signing IMO.

Why do you rate him? He struggles during scrum time. I think Clermont had signed him as he plays like an extra flanker, and I'm not sure if that's what we need.

I rate him as a decent scrummager at pro club level. Perhaps not so much at international level. A step too far for him perhaps. But he’ll be good for us in the Pro14. Saying that, it’s not just about the props. We need decent scrummaging 2nd rows and hookers too. Props can’t do it all on their own, especially when facing teams with good scrummaging props, hooker and 2nd rows.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 7:25 pm

Well I rate Dee, Brown and Hill... I also remember Jarvis playing on both sides of the scrum, or is that just me? Bevington I don't particularly rate and I have no idea about any incoming lock. If we have aspirations of beating teams like Leinster then I don't believe these are the personnel to do it.

On the lock debate, Grobler at Munster will be a free agent at the end of this season. 6'7 and 19 stone....

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Post by The Oracle on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 8:31 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:Well I rate Dee, Brown and Hill... I also remember Jarvis playing on both sides of the scrum, or is that just me? Bevington I don't particularly rate and I have no idea about any incoming lock. If we have aspirations of beating teams like Leinster then I don't believe these are the personnel to do it.

On the lock debate, Grobler at Munster will be a free agent at the end of this season. 6'7 and 19 stone....


Yet deemed surplus to requirements at Munster? What’s wrong with him?!
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Post by Brendan on Wed 25 Apr 2018, 10:32 pm

Don't take it the wrong way but back up at Munster can still be a good standard for the Dragons.

It might be his doping that makes him a cheap choice. He was also a filler for Munster while they waited for Bernie

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 4:48 am

Oracle, I was told that he was signed as a stop gap, between Ryan leaving and Beirne incoming. Grobler has super rugby and top 14 experience, I think he could be a handy addition if given the chance to work with Dee, Brown, Hill... Jarvis! BJ is convinced Jarvis has improved a lot through his time with Clermont - it's not often that happens for Welsh players. I hope he's right and I also hope there's a few more gems coming up in the academy.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 4:49 am

Who's the Samoan someone mentioned anyway, I really hope it isn't Filo Paulo....

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Post by RiscaGame on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 8:17 am

Nansen from Stade.

On paper, it's a good enough signing. His injury record has to be a bit of a concern though. I guess Bernard won't flog him as much as he possibly was in France.

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Post by VinceWLB on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 10:04 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Who's the Samoan someone mentioned anyway, I really hope it isn't Filo Paulo....

Indeed, huge guy but terrible player in the tight. Generally pacific islander are never great in the tight though. I thought you guys would look at James Down, underrated player and seems to be out of favour at the Blues (or is he injured?)

Anyway, the couple of props that you have signed while good in the loose aren't going to instill fear in the opposition heads at scrum time.


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Post by PhilBB on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 11:25 am

VinceWLB wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Who's the Samoan someone mentioned anyway, I really hope it isn't Filo Paulo....

Indeed, huge guy but terrible player in the tight. Generally pacific islander are never great in the tight though. I thought you guys would look at James Down, underrated player and seems to be out of favour at the Blues (or is he injured?)

Anyway, the couple of props that you have signed while good in the loose aren't going to instill fear in the opposition heads at scrum time.


They need strength in depth. When your best loose head is also your best tight head, you know you have problems. When you have Thomas Davies and Garrett and co as props, you really are in the pwp.

The only players signed by the Dragons so far that will improve the first team are Moriarty (if he's ever fit) and Rhodri Williams. The rest are just squad players.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 11:14 pm

Whilst Nansen was a bit of a regular for North Harbour he didn't quite make it into Super Rugby, and has 4 appearances this season for Stade Francais in what is a long Top 14 season. That doesn't look good on paper to me. Grobler is out of contract and is South African IE better, and Saffa's don't mind coming to us so they can play alongside other Saffa's - come on BJ at least try!

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Post by VinceWLB on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 12:29 am

Yes, Grobler would be a good signing for the Dragons. There was also Bresler who was out of favor at Edinburgh (for some unknown and mysterious reasons to me) but he signed for Worcester. They are exactly the kind of players they should aim for, not 2nd rate Samoan journeyman.

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Post by PhilBB on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 9:08 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Whilst Nansen was a bit of a regular for North Harbour he didn't quite make it into Super Rugby, and has 4 appearances this season for Stade Francais in what is a long Top 14 season. That doesn't look good on paper to me. Grobler is out of contract and is South African IE better, and Saffa's don't mind coming to us so they can play alongside other Saffa's - come on BJ at least try!

He broke his arm, didn't he?
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Post by The Oracle on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 9:22 am

VinceWLB wrote:Yes, Grobler would be a good signing for the Dragons. There was also Bresler who was out of favor at Edinburgh (for some unknown and mysterious reasons to me) but he signed for Worcester. They are exactly the kind of players they should aim for, not 2nd rate Samoan journeyman.


While I do agree with you, couldn’t Bresler and Grobler be described as journeymen too? Sounds like they’re travelling around from SA to Scotland/Ireland and then onto the English Prem (Bresler) and are now being touted as potential for welsh teams. Isn’t that a journeyman? How much more ‘journeying’ has Nansen done?
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Post by VinceWLB on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 9:58 am

The Oracle wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:Yes, Grobler would be a good signing for the Dragons. There was also Bresler who was out of favor at Edinburgh (for some unknown and mysterious reasons to me) but he signed for Worcester. They are exactly the kind of players they should aim for, not 2nd rate Samoan journeyman.


While I do agree with you, couldn’t Bresler and Grobler be described as journeymen too? Sounds like they’re travelling around from SA to Scotland/Ireland and then onto the English Prem (Bresler) and are now being touted as potential for welsh teams. Isn’t that a journeyman? How much more ‘journeying’ has Nansen done?

Well.. Good point! In the end this probably means i would take a 2nd rate SA journeymen over an (unproven) Samoan one any day of the week.

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Post by Welshmushroom on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 10:12 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Whilst Nansen was a bit of a regular for North Harbour he didn't quite make it into Super Rugby, and has 4 appearances this season for Stade Francais in what is a long Top 14 season. That doesn't look good on paper to me. Grobler is out of contract and is South African IE better, and Saffa's don't mind coming to us so they can play alongside other Saffa's - come on BJ at least try!

Keep in mind there have been players with similar injury records that have been gone on to become great signings. Regan King had a similar track record prior to joining Scarlets. Easily one of their best signings ever. Game isn't played on paper at the end of the day Smile

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Post by The Oracle on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 12:20 pm

The major problem for the Dragons is the market we're shopping in. We can't afford the top pros, or if we can table a good offer that matches something the big sides offer then they've got to choose between staying/signing at the big side or choosing the Dragons. It's likely they'll choose the big side. So the top internationals and pros are probably out of our reach. Plus those will often be away a lot with their international sides which doesn't help us and our lack of depth. So that means we're shopping at the next level down. So, based on reading the comments on here and elsewhere, what we want are players that are:

Really good - some signings so far have been described as 'poor' or 'rubbish'
BUT who are perhaps not good enough for international rugby (or are being overlooked)
AND they're the right age (not too old and past it, not too young and inexperienced)
AND they're not journeymen just going from club to club looking for the wages
AND they're proven winners
AND they're not injury prone
AND they're available and out of contract currently (as I assume we can't buy these players out).

How many of these types of players are actually available, out of contract this summer, awesome but with no club?! Like rocking horse sh*t, surely?!

We have to concede on some of the points above, I feel. We have no choice. And we then have to build a squad around players with enough of these attributes collectively to improve on our current position.
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Post by PhilBB on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 1:21 pm

For me, screaming "we've got no money" doesn't wash if:

- you've spunked £1.5m+ of somebody else's money this season
- you outbid your own major shareholder for Moriarty
- Moriarty is costing 10% of the entire squad budget
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Post by The Oracle on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 2:03 pm

PhilBB wrote:For me, screaming "we've got no money" doesn't wash if:

- you've spunked £1.5m+ of somebody else's money this season
- you outbid your own major shareholder for Moriarty
- Moriarty is costing 10% of the entire squad budget


You've missed the point of my post, Phil.
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 3:55 pm

For what it's worth:

Dragons: H Amos, A Hewitt, Z Kirchner, C Edwards, J Rosser, A Robson, C Davies, T Davies, E Dee (captain), L Fairbrother, J Davies, R Landman, H Keddie, A Wainwright, J Benjamin. Reps: L Belcher, L Garrett, D Suter, M Williams, T Basham, S Pretorius, A Warren, J Goodchild.

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Post by PhilBB on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 4:05 pm

The Oracle wrote:
PhilBB wrote:For me, screaming "we've got no money" doesn't wash if:

- you've spunked £1.5m+ of somebody else's money this season
- you outbid your own major shareholder for Moriarty
- Moriarty is costing 10% of the entire squad budget


You've missed the point of my post, Phil.

Apologies.

What point did I miss?
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Post by RiscaGame on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 4:06 pm

We were in trouble anyway, but you have to worry for us tomorrow with that team. Thomas Davies is going to have a bad time in the scrum and Hill is a big loss for us given it's often only him and Dee that constantly shine for us as forwards. Not too much impact off the bench either.

Good to see Benjamin and Amos back.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 5:02 pm

Test players galore in the Scarlets side. There's only one winner.

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Post by RiscaGame on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 5:13 pm

Scarlets: Halfpenny; Nicholas, S Williams (capt), Parkes, S Evans; Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, Elias, Lee, Rawlins, Cummins, Beirne, J Davies, Boyde.

Replacements: Owens, Price, Kruger, Bulbring, Barclay, J Evans, D Jones, Hughes.

Owens and Barclay off the bench for a start is ridiculous, without "lesser players" like Jonny Evs and Bulbring to come on. Wave the white flag now Bernard Wink

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 5:20 pm

Kirchner in midfield is an accident waiting to happen. Out defence has been bad enough without sticking a fullback in midfield!


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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10:41 am

Reckon the Drags need scrum and lineout practice.

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Post by The Oracle on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10:46 am

Scathing comments about th Dragons by Gareth Davies after the game! Ouch!!!
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Post by RiscaGame on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 6:20 pm

Heard that Mikey’s favourite 9 Tavis Knoyle is being retained.

Dragons are in the Rugby Paper today as trying to loan Owen Williams and are signing Daf Howells from Ospreys.

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Post by RiscaGame on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 6:21 pm

The Oracle wrote:Scathing comments about th Dragons by Gareth Davies after the game! Ouch!!!

Would’ve been interesting to see a response from us over that. Pretty poor form for him to do that, even if it is true.

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Post by The Oracle on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 7:38 pm

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The Oracle wrote:Scathing comments about th Dragons by Gareth Davies after the game! Ouch!!!

Would’ve been interesting to see a response from us over that. Pretty poor form for him to do that, even if it is true.

Completely agree. He has a point, and we are pretty poor/average, but you don’t win any prizes for being a pr*ck! Actually, to say we dragged them down to our level is such a lame excuse for not performing well. Such an easy out for any team to claim that. Others have beaten us soundly by playing at a much higher level than us, so Scarlets should have just done that instead! Get the feeling he thought we should have just gifted them the 4 tries and 5 points rather than put up a fight.

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Post by The Oracle on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 7:44 pm

Dan Suter pretty much epitomised the Dragons and our season for me. Absolutely munched in the scrums, taken off but then brought back on when we had a prop sin binned and forced to go through the mill again! Looked completely lost, fed up and out of his depth. Men against boys.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 12:37 am

We already knew that about guys like Suter, Tavis Knoyle, etc. - which makes me wonder why we signed them?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 12:40 am

RiscaGame wrote:Heard that Mikey’s favourite 9 Tavis Knoyle is being retained.

Dragons are in the Rugby Paper today as trying to loan Owen Williams and are signing Daf Howells from Ospreys.

I don't see why though when we've signed two far better 9's, and have promising guys like Leonard and Babos. Rosser and Robson I rate too but both need tackling practice.

To loan him, not sure if he's even out of favour at Glaws? Howells I rate highly. I'd have thought that Ospreys were keen to retain him given their luck with wingers, and North won't exactly be around for every game.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 1:34 am

I think that lock Grobler is going to Glaws. Too bad for us.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 7:59 am

The Oracle wrote:
RiscaGame wrote:
The Oracle wrote:Scathing comments about th Dragons by Gareth Davies after the game! Ouch!!!

Would’ve been interesting to see a response from us over that. Pretty poor form for him to do that, even if it is true.

Completely agree. He has a point, and we are pretty poor/average, but you don’t win any prizes for being a pr*ck! Actually, to say we dragged them down to our level is such a lame excuse for not performing well. Such an easy out for any team to claim that. Others have beaten us soundly by playing at a much higher level than us, so Scarlets should have just done that instead! Get the feeling he thought we should have just gifted them the 4 tries and 5 points rather than put up a fight.


Totally lacking class with the comments. I think Cawdor will get dragged up on this, as he also had a pop at the ‘clueless’ ref with regards tgrvscrums on the first half.

Whilst not as bad Eliot Dee’s comments at half time didn’t do him much favour either.
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Post by The Oracle on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 8:12 am

I missed the half time interviews, SS. What did Dee say???
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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 8:18 am

It was about how the Scarlets have been bigging themselves up all week but ain’t up to much on the feild.
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Post by The Oracle on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 8:20 am

Oops! Yeah, not classy either.
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