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PRO14 Preview: Round 7 Rearranged

09/02/2021

There is Scottish involvement in both rescheduled Guinness PRO14 matches this weekend when Edinburgh and Glasgow will hope to maintain the feelgood factor north of the border.

Scotland supporters are still on a high after the Six Nations victory over England and Edinburgh can give them more reason to cheer if they can claim victory over the Dragons in south Wales on Friday night.

Attention then switches to Glasgow on Saturday where the Warriors are expected to keep Benetton still waiting for their first win of the season.

The game will also be significant for the match officials as Hollie Davidson becomes only the second female referee to take charge of a Guinness PRO14 fixture, following in the footsteps of Joy Neville.

The 28-year-old is highly accomplished and, after playing scrum-half for Scotland at Under 20s level, she set her sights on becoming a professional referee and reached that milestone in 2017 as Scotland’s first full-time match official.

Dragons v Edinburgh Rugby – Match Preview

Dragons will be aiming to get their first win of 2021 on the board when they host Edinburgh on Friday night.

Last weekend’s 30-20 defeat at home to Connacht means the Welsh side have begun the year with three successive defeats and they remain without a victory since edging out Glasgow 23-22 in early December.

Edinburgh, like their hosts, are fifth in their conference but have won two of their last three games including a 26-10 victory at Zebre last time out.

They have won their two most recent meetings with the Dragons but lost 18-12 on their last visit to Rodney Parade in November 2018.

Location:

At Rodney Parade, Newport – 7.35pm kick-off

Officials:

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU, 9th competition game) Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens, Dan Jones (both WRU) TMO: Rhys Thomas (WRU)

Overall Guinness PRO14 head to head record:

Played 33, Dragons won 14, Edinburgh won 18 with 1 game drawn.

Did you know?

  • Dragons have not been victorious since beating Glasgow Warriors by a single point at Scotstoun on 5 December, whilst their most recent win at Rodney Parade was against Zebre in early October.
  • Dragons only home defeat to a Scottish opponent in the Guinness PRO14 since September 2016 was when today’s adversary, Edinburgh, were the visitors in February 2018.
  • Edinburgh Rugby’s only defeat in any competition since December was by a single point to Glasgow at Scotstoun on 16 January.
  • Edinburgh have lost only once to a Walsh region since February 2019: 10-25 at home to Ospreys in October 2020.
  • Edinburgh’s only loss to Dragons in their last six meetings in the Guinness PRO14 was 12-18 at Rodney Parade in November 2018.
  • Edinburgh have not been successful at Rodney Parade since a single point victory there in March 2016.
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