Dragons' Darren Edwards says fans want a win and style

Darren Edwards
Darren Edwards is happy blooding his youngsters as it will help in the long haul

The pressure will be on the Dragons this Saturday when they welcome Italian side Aironi to a new-look Rodney Parade, according to coach Darren Edwards.

Both sides enter the game looking for their first win in the RaboDirect Pro12, but Edwards feels his team are not just expected to secure points.

"We also have to make sure our style of rugby's good because people pay money to watch and they should enjoy what they see."

The former scrum-half also praised the way his young side have handled themselves in the first two games against Munster and Heineken cup champions Leinster.

"It's a huge learning curve for us, but we have played probably the two best teams in the league. On the plus side I have exposed players again to top level rugby and I'll see the rewards of that as the season progresses.

"We're all about taking the game to people and going to win games, not hoping things will happen for us. These are young players, but they're showing ambition. The future's really bright here."

According to Edwards the redevelopment of Rodney Parade will provide the team with a great atmosphere where they can excel this season.

"This place [Rodney Parade] always been a particular weapon against teams, the atmosphere's been fantastic and this will add to it. It will be a great arena for rugby.

"It's very different from what the Ospreys and Blues have done, but that's what we're trying to do off the field - we're trying to make things our own. Realising what we've got and making the best of it. The redevelopment has turned out remarkably well."