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LV= Cup Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons v London Welsh

LV= Cup Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons v London Welsh

Alex Davies admits London Welsh must produce a more clinical display if they are to pick up their first LV= Cup victory of the season when they travel to Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday.

The Exiles produced an impressive turnaround from 14-3 down to lead Saracens 15-14 heading into the final ten minutes at the Kassam Stadium last weekend, before two late Ben Spencer penalties saw the hosts fall just short.

And despite their chances of qualification for the semi-finals having already disappeared, the 28-year-old, who is continuing his return from long-term injury, admits that Welsh are in need of a positive reaction at Rodney Parade.

“The Saracens game was a hugely disappointing one,” Davies said.

“We created good opportunities but didn’t finish them, and that happened a few times, which is frustrating for everyone.

“We were playing well, and then with a few minutes to go we give away two kickable penalties.

“It was a tough result to take, but we don’t make any excuses, and as a team we understand we have to work even harder going forward.

“It will be a tough game at the weekend, because Newport is not an easy place to go.

“They have a strong set of forwards, and the entire team has a good skill set.

“They also have kickers all over the field, so their exit strategy is very strong, and that is something we are going to have to look out for.”

Newport Gwent Dragons suffered a similar fate to this weekend’s opponents in their previous match, producing a stunning second-half comeback only to fall just short in a 37-32 defeat to Exeter Chiefs.

Scrum-half Luc Jones, who used to ply his trade with the Exiles, believes his current side will face a big test on Sunday against an ever-improving Aviva Premiership Rugby outfit.

“I think they will be pleased with how they played last week, and they are getting better every week,” Jones said.

“They have had some tough games this year but they are definitely showing improvement and it is going to be a hard game for us.

“They have a big ball carrying No.8 in Opeti Fonua and some good power in the forwards, but they also play with a lot of width.

“They like to get the ball out to their quick wingers, so we know that our defensive line is going to have to be up quickly to close down the space.

“We are going out on Sunday to win, to try and continue in this competition and to build up some momentum for the rest of the season.

“For us it is important to keep going and keep doing what we are doing.”

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