Tyler Morgan: Dragons centre relishes Scarlets backline 'battle'

Tyler Morgan
Tyler Morgan won the first of his three Wales caps against Ireland in August, 2015
Pro12: Scarlets v Newport Gwent Dragons
Date: Saturday, 8 October Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Coverage: Live on S4C. Highlights later on the BBC Sport website and Scrum V on Sunday, BBC Two Wales from 18:00 BST

Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan is relishing their showdown at Scarlets in the Pro12 on Saturday.

He says the hosts having Wales stars Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams has led to them boasting one of the best backlines in Europe.

Morgan and fellow Wales back Hallam Amos will spearhead Dragons' attack.

"They've been bragged about as being the best in Europe when they get their forward pack going, but I think ours isn't too shabby itself," said Morgan.

"I think we can do a lot of damage and we can defend as well so I think it's going to be a good battle between the backlines."

Scarlets will rest Davies at the weekend, but Morgan 21, hopes to challenge him and Williams for places at Test level with Harlequins' vastly experienced Jamie Roberts also still in the mix.

Scott Williams
Scott Williams made his Wales debut against Barbarians in June, 2011

Full-back or wing Amos is also hoping to make more of a mark at international level while Morgan's fellow Dragons centre Jack Dixon was on Wales' radar before suffering a kidney injury that meant he missed most of 2015-16.

Dixon, also 21, was in Wales' 2015 World Cup training squad and Morgan feels they have a chance to catch Wales interim coach Rob Howley's attention at Parc y Scarlets.

"Obviously you've got to try to catch some eyes in that game, haven't you?" said Morgan.

"They're (Scarlets midfield) people to look up to in that position and you want to get to where they are and then exceed that.

"It's a shame he's (Jonathan Davies) not playing, but another time, I guess."

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Morgan, Dixon and Amos are highly-regarded, and while still in the early stages of their senior careers, Morgan acknowledges much is expected of them.

"It's weird being this young, yet still looked at as being experienced in the backline," said Morgan.

"It'll be interesting because they've got a few years on us and a lot older than our backline so old legs against fresh legs - see how it goes."

Dragons go into the game in eighth place in the table, having won only once in five games.

Scarlets have won twice, and are one place and three points above their Welsh rivals.

Morgan says there has been a change in Dragons' mentality this season.

"It's that winners mentality. It needs to be there more. You can see the boys are getting more frustrated with mistakes and I think last season that wasn't there.

"We just kind of accepted it being mediocre and this year it's not, which is bringing an improvement to the team."

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