United Rugby Championship: Dragons’ Dean Ryan doubtful historic win over Scarlets will change funding situation

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Dragons coach Dean Ryan believes that their recent win over the Scarlets is a step in the right direction but it will not change the funding situation for his region.

The Newport-based side claimed their first-ever win at the Parc y Scarlets when they beat the Scarlets 38-27 on Saturday in the United Rugby Championship.

Funding predicament

Although the win creates history, Ryan is unsure what improvements it will make to the region’s funding situation.

“It’s a marker in history but I am not sure what statement it makes. Do we need to beat the Scarlets to get more equality in funding?” he said after the match.

“We clearly have a lot of really good guys working really hard but we also look at it across the year when there are plenty of times when 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.”

Of the £20m loan taken out by the Welsh Rugby Union, Dragons received £4.5m, the least of all the professional teams in Wales.

Ryan is looking for his side to build confidence in their processes and believes the Dragons can improve even more going forward.

“Each week is another contest, whether we had won or lost at the Scarlets,” he said. “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 live your life on ‘did we win?’, you can live 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 best by any means, there is a lot of scope for us to do some things better.”

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