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Evans - We must have physical edge to tame Bears

Coach Ian Evans acknowledges Dragons must meet the physical challenge of Russia when the teams meet in Bedwas on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm).

Ben Mottram | 14/11/2018

Dragons have named a team with a blend of youth and experience to face off with the Rugby World Cup bound Bears at the Bridgefield, the home of Bedwas RFC.

A number of senior players will be determined to make a big impression with Guinness PRO14 action against Edinburgh at Rodney Parade looming large on Sunday, November 25.

And Evans believes producing a performance full of a physicality and desire – especially from an experienced tight five – will be crucial.

"It will be a good test for our players to go up against internationals," said former Wales lock Evans, who is leading the coaching team on the night with Skills Coach Alan Kingsley.

"There is a good mixture of experience and youth, with the experience players trying to get momentum into the game and put themselves in the shop window for Edinburgh.

"Russia will have a beefy pack that is very physical, so we are fortunate enough to have an experienced front five to go head-to-head with them.

"It's a great opportunity after a break in the season and it's nice to have a hit-out."

Evans is also keen to see the second row partners Joe Davies and Rynard Landman grasp the opportunity to impress.

“It will be good to see Joe Davies. He will be the first to admit he needs a few games under his belt to get momentum,” added Evans.

“It’s a nice opportunity’ he played against Connacht and it is a nice foundation for him to build on. There is no better way to get your physicality out than against a strong Russian pack.

“The same applies to Rynard. He’s an experienced player, a good lineout caller. It’s all about trying to impose your physical presence.

“If you’re not getting selected it can make you frustrated, but when you get an opportunity you have got to take it. Hopefully they will make it a headache for selection next week.”

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