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Chavhanga challenges Dragons to ditch mistakes

Guinness PRO12 Editor

30 Oct 2012

Tonderai Chavhanga believes Newport Gwent Dragons’ recent RaboDirect PRO12 struggles cannot be blamed on a lack of graft – instead singling out individual errors.

Chavhanga and co. sit second bottom of the RaboDirect PRO12 table with just two wins from their opening seven games.

Last weekend Chavhanga completed 80 minutes for the first time this season but he could not stop the Dragons going down 46-19 at the hands of table-toppers Ulster.

And to the former Springbok winger the secret in kick-starting their campaign comes not in spending more time on the training ground but in their attention to detail during matches.

“We are all really frustrated and disappointed in ourselves,” Chavhanga told the South Wales Argus.

“I’ve played rugby for quite a while and we are working as hard, if not harder, than all of the teams that I have played for.

“It’s not down to a lack of preparation and every time we play to the game plan that our coaches have given us things work out.

“But it comes down to us as players to take a bit of ownership and responsibility on the field.

“It’s the little things that keep on piling up – if every guy makes one mistake then that’s 23 and they are really hampering us.

“As professionals we have to cut them out because we have got to do better than this.”