Pro12: Newport Gwent Dragons coach Kingsley Jones admits 'lot to improve'

Hallam Amos
Wales back Hallam Amos returned to the Dragons team against Zebre

Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones admits there is a "lot to improve" after beating Zebre 11-6.

The underwhelming result followed Zebre's 59-5 defeat at Ospreys.

Jones is in his first full season in charge after Lyn Jones' departure in April.

"It's important for this group to get a win, we're trying to play a different way but we weren't clinical and made too many errors," he told BBC Wales Sport.

Dragons wing Pat Howard scored the only try of a scrappy match at Rodney Parade.

"Some individuals didn't have their best game either, tried a bit too hard and forced things," Jones added.

"There's massive disappointment but you've got to celebrate a win... there's a lot to improve."

Back in charge

Lyn Jones (left) with Kingsley Jones
Former Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones (left) appointed Kingsley Jones as head coach

Jones has no qualms about stepping up to the main role with the Dragons following his namesake's exit - despite the region's underdog status among the four Welsh professional sides.

He has previously been in charge of Sale Sharks and Russia, as well as captaining Wales on one occasion, and leading club sides including Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd, Gloucester and Worcester.

"Probably in the few years with Lyn, it was more difficult for me not to be the boss than to be the boss, it's something I've done for a long time.

"There's pressure in this position, it's a tough job, but I'm not afraid to give it a go and I'm confident we can improve."

Munster test

Wings Ashley Hewitt and Tom Prydie are expected to be contention for the home game against Munster on Saturday, 17 September after returning from injuries in a club match between Newport and Bedwas.

"We've got young players in the backline who can cause problems, but we've got to sort our set-pieces out," said Jones.

Munster lost 24-23 to Cardiff Blues in Cork after winning 24-23 away against Scarlets.

"Great win for the Blues, I don't know if it'll upset Munster and they'll come here more focussed," he joked.

"They've got a new coaching team (under Rassie Erasmus), they looked strong in defence against the Scarlets and they'll build as they go along.

"It's a bit like us. I feel we'll be a lot better in a few months than we are now, but we need to win along the way."

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