Williams targets Glasgow reaction


Captain Rhodri Williams has called on Dragons to front up and be positive as they look to respond in the right manner when they face Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO14.

Dragons suffered a 38-14 defeat to Connacht on home soil and now have a break before action resumes at Rodney Parade on Saturday, October 26 (kick-off 3pm).

Williams admits Dragons struggled to get a foothold in the opening home game of the season, as a powerful Connacht side dominated in the tight and set piece.

But with two-weeks to prepare for the resumption of action, Williams believes the team can show learnings and move on.

"We have to be open to learn from those mistakes and front up on the review," said scrum-half Williams. "We have to be positive moving forward.

"When we get on the field the players take control. If it is spoon-fed to us throughout the week then we are not going to learn – when it comes to going on the field, we would be looking for where the coaches are.

"Dean (Ryan) wants us to take control, and hopefully we can do that moving forward. We've got to have a good week of work so that we can come in to hit the ground running for Glasgow."

"Credit to Connacht for the result, they showed us up in certain areas and we have to look back at that this week," he said.

"It's good that they are things that we can fix, we will review it and look to learn from those individual mistakes and team mistakes.

"Connacht controlled that middle section and that was important in those conditions – it was hard to get a foothold in the game and Connacht were clinical when they were in our 22.

"We have to take the loss on the chin and be open to learning from the defeat as professional rugby players."

"Dean is very, very good. He has a clear vision of where he wants us to go and how he wants us to play. It's about buying into that and things are going to take time," he added.

"We've got to be open to learning from our mistakes and can't just keep going on the same way. Hopefully we will put things right and build throughout the season."

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