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Gustafson getting to grips with hooking role

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Nov 2012

Newport Gwent Dragons hooker Hugh Gustafson believes he is finally starting to feel at home in the No. 2 jersey and is out to continue his successful transition this weekend.

 

Gustafson made the switch from prop to hooker at the start of the season and the 25-year-old endured a tricky start with Steve Jones the Dragons’ go-to man in the No. 2 shirt.

However in recent weeks Gustafson looks to have found his feet in the LV= Cup clash with Northampton and in last week’s RaboDirect PRO12 win over Connacht.

The 14-3 win over Connacht was just the region’s third win of the league campaign and Gustafson admitted his delight at getting to grips with his new surroundings.

“I’ve needed to do a lot of practice and it has been stressful for almost a year since I made the switch,” Gustafson told the South Wales Argus.

“I have enjoyed – it has been a challenge but I’ve accepted the challenge and I think I’ve done all right so far.

“Before the LV Cup games this season I’d only played a handful of games in the Premiership and for the Dragons against Gwent Select.

“But I kept my place for Connacht so I think I’ve grown into it the position.”