Jones reflects on Cup exit

Date published: April 24 2016

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Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones believes his side will learn a lot of lessons from their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Montpellier.

The Welsh outfit went down to a 22-12 loss at Altrad Stadium with their only scores coming after the hosts had gone 22 points to the good.

Jones though remained in positive spirits after being knocked out of the competition as he knew they had met a French side in imperious form.

"There are lots of lessons to be learned," he told EPC Rugby.

"I'm proud of the way they played, they stuck in there, and they weren't overawed by the occasion.

"It's one of the toughest places to come and play rugby, and we stuck in it to the end.

"I thought the bench were excellent, we've just got to take our opportunities with kicks at goal of course, and just a few penalties."

Looking forward, the Dragons boss admits that his team must play better in the pool stages if they are to give themselves a chance of making the final in future seasons.

"That's two years in a row that we have had to play an away semi-final so the biggest thing we learned is that we need to finish better in the pool stages," he added.

"You have to do well in your pool to make the knock-out stages easier. But I can't fault anyone's effort – a lot of young fellows grew up a lot and some of the senior players really stepped up.

"We kept on battling. We're all disappointed to lose, there has been a lot of work that has gone into this European campaign, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but we'll learn from it."

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