STORMERSThe Dragons host the Stormers in the United Rugby Championship on Friday and the visitors are bidding for a first win of the tournament in what is their final tour match before a long break.





Dragons v Stormers, Friday 15th October, KO 20:35 (South African time)


Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Ben Breakspear (Wales)
TMO: Emanuele Tomo (Italy)


Weather Forecast - Newport




The Dragons have a record of 1 win and 2 defeats. They started with narrow losses in 2 home games, going down 27-23 to the Ospreys and then 7-6 to outright tournament favourites Leinster. In Round 3 the Dragons travelled for the first time and they came away from Connacht with a 35-22 victory, scoring 4 tries to 2.


The Dragons now have 7 log points and lie in eighth place in the overall standings, 8 points off the pace.




The Stormers were in Edinburgh last week and they came away with a draw (20-20). The Stormers were 9.5 point underdogs for that game and that start on the handicap didn't look big enough when they went 14-0 down with just 6 minutes on the clock. The Stormers fought their way back on the artificial surface and at least avoided a third successive defeat.


In Round 2 the Stormers lost 34-18 to Munster in Limerick, a game where they were given around 24.5 points start on the handicap but led 15-7 at half time.

The Stormers first URC action came in Italy against Benetton and they lost the game 22-18, picking up a losing bonus point.


The Stormers now have 3 log points, 1 shy of the Bulls and Sharks and 3 behind the Lions.


Team News


Dragons: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Jonah Holmes, 13 Jack Dixon, 12 Aneurin Owen, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Ross Moriarty (c), 5 Ben Carter, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Mesake Doge, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Greg Bateman

Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Chris Coleman, 19 Joe Davies, 20 Joe Maksymiw, 21 Ollie Griffiths, 22 Rhodri Williams, 23 Josh Lewis


Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris.

Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Juan de Jongh


The Betting,


Dragons -2.5 points at 9/10 WSB

Stormers +4.5 points at 8/10 Sunbet


Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


Betting Angle


The Dragons are having an excellent season and ran Leinster close at home a couple of weeks ago and they have been one of the few shining lights amongst the Welsh sides. The Stormers were much improved last week but a Dragons team with a number of Welsh internationals should be too strong for them.


Bet: 5 units Dragons -2.5 points at 9/10 WSB


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Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


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