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Jones has sights set on Singha 7s trophy

Geraint Rhys Jones believes Newport Gwent Dragons have what it takes to be the first Welsh name of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s trophy after booking a spot in the finals for the second year running.

Last year saw the Dragons come agonizingly close to achieving that goal after they went down 12-5 to Gloucester Rugby in the final at Twickenham Stoop.

This time around however Jones believes his side are in a much stronger position after they came out on top of the pile during the Welsh leg of this year's series.

And he says he is desperate to right the wrongs of last year and make sure that his side are the ones lifting the trophy on August 28.

“Last year going all the way to the final and sadly losing to Gloucester we had high expectations coming into this tournament and we had expectations of doing well,” he said.

“It would be a great honour to win, just playing for the Dragons in this tournament is a great thing and the boys pulling on the jersey are very proud to be playing for Gwent.

“To be the first Welsh team to win the tournament would be a massive honour and is something that we are going to try and do.

“We know that the tournament this year is a higher standard so we are going to have to be on the top of our game going into the finals.

“There's going to be a lot of preparation going into those finals now and hopefully we can do better.

“The boys really did the Dragons proud in the Welsh leg and now it's a really big target of ours to go to London and come away with the trophy.”

The Dragons showed they will be a match for anyone in their group games with Lloyd Lewis and Elliot Frewen putting in stellar performances to help the Welsh side to top spot. 

And coach Nick Wakley says he is relishing the chance to see his side pit their wits against the best that the Premiership has to offer.

“It's great at this time of year for the younger lads to play with some of the more experienced boys and also to have the chance to play against some real top level players,” he said.

“You look at the lineups of some of the English teams and you see internationals in there and it's brilliant for the boys to test themselves against players of that calibre.

“As a club the goal for us is to kick on and match the standard out there and really go out there looking to win it this time.”

Final Standings:
1. Newport Gwent Dragons
2. Scarlets
3. Ospreys
4. Cardiff Blues

Attendance: 3,558

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