The Dragons might have received at Parc y Scarlets for the primary time, however director of rugby Dean Ryan insists it means little with out additional backing financially.
Having not received since October, the Gwent aspect lastly secured their second victory of the season with a 38-27 conquer the Scarlets in Llanelli – bringing to an finish a run of 13 matches with no win.
But with requires change in Welsh rugby louder than ever, and the Dragons nonetheless doubtlessly on track for his or her worst season ever, debates over funds will proceed to rage on.
“It’s a marker in history but I am not sure what statement it makes,” mentioned Ryan about their maiden victory at Parc y Scarlets. “Do we need to beat the Scarlets to get more equality in funding?
“We clearly have a variety of actually good guys working actually arduous however we additionally have a look at it throughout the 12 months when there are many occasions after we are under-resourced.
“The night in Llanelli was fantastic for everyone that believes in the Dragons, but it doesn’t stop us arguing the point on lots of other fronts.”
The Welsh Rugby Union not too long ago confirmed that the £20m CLBILS mortgage, taken out by the union to cowl the prices of paying the 4 skilled sides for the providers of gamers, had been break up as follows, with the Dragons receiving £4.5m, Cardiff and Ospreys receiving £5m and the Scarlets getting £5.5m.
The two sides will face one another once more subsequent week, virtually a 12 months to the day because the Dragons final received on dwelling soil – coincidentally towards the west Walians in a Rainbow Cup match. Ending their lengthy look ahead to a victory at Rodney Parade will probably be on the forefront of coaches and gamers’ minds within the coming days, having already ended one undesirable streak on the weekend.
Victory subsequent week would safe the Dragons their first league double over the Scarlets since 2007/08, with their final double over any Welsh rival being again in 2010/11.
Afterwards, Ryan insisted there was extra to return from his Dragons aspect.
“Each week is another contest, whether we had won or lost at the Scarlets,” he mentioned. “What we are looking for is to have confidence in the things that we are trying to do, and do them more often.
“You can’t dwell your life on ‘did we win?’, you’ll be able to dwell your life on ‘did we do the things that we talked about?’.
“It will be a big test for us to go back home and back up the same levels of performance and probably be better, because I think we had more out there.
“That wasn’t us at our greatest by any means, there may be a variety of scope for us to do some issues higher.”