Jones impressed by Knoyle performance

Date published: December 17 2016

Dragons boss Kingsley Jones singled out scrum-half Tavis Knoyle for plaudits after their Challenge Cup victory over Worcester Warriors on Friday.

Knoyle scored his side’s first try before Sam Hobbs and Tyler Morgan added to the score for a 22-7 win.

“I thought Tavis was outstanding. I have been a fan of his since he was about 16, it is no coincidence that he is here,” Jones said.

“I have been monitoring him for the last few years. He was told what he can’t do, but I know what he can do. He brought the whole package. He is 26-years-old, and he is a very good player.

“I don’t think there are many players in his position better than him at the moment. His defence was outstanding, his positioning too. He took people on, he was excellent.”

Sam Betty was sent off in the 15th minute by referee David Wilkinson for landing two punches to the head of Rynard Landman, a decision Jones says was the right one.

“I thought the red card was influential to the game. It was definitely a red card, you can’t punch anybody anymore. It is unfortunate as I don’t like seeing red cards.”

The Men of Gwent fell to the Warriors 33-20 last weekend, but their win in the return fixture is vital to their hopes of progressing to a third Challenge Cup semi-final in three years. Jones, though, admitted his frustration a bonus point went astray in the dying moments.

He said: “It is frustrating, but we have won five on the trot at home so I can’t be too disappointed. If we are in a position to go to Brive needing a win to progress to the quarter-final, then we will take that.”