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Maddocks - Bristol clash will be great occasion

20/01/2020

Coach Barry Maddocks has backed Dragons to rise to the challenge and expects a ‘great’ occasion when they face Bristol Bears in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Dragons booked place in the last eight after finishing as runners-up in Pool 1 and will now make the trip to Ashton Gate Stadium in early April.

Backs Coach Maddocks acknowledges the size of the challenge ahead with Bristol currently fifth in the Gallagher Premiership and undeafeted in Europe this season.

However, Dragons have a perfect record in the quarter-finals after beating Brive in 2007, Cardiff Blues in 2015 and Gloucester in 2016.

"It will be a tough challenge, they are doing really well in the Gallagher Premiership and are playing with a lot of confidence," said Maddocks.

"Their style of play is pretty open but I think that is a good thing because for us to play a team that wants to play (expansively) as well helps our game because the boys are happy to be in that zone.

"All of the quarter-final games would have been tough with different slants to them, but a packed house at Bristol will be great for the boys."

Full ticketing details for the European quarter-final and confirmed date and kick-off time are expected later this week.

All of the quarter-final games would have been tough with different slants to them, but a packed house at Bristol will be great for the boys...
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