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Andy Marinos leads the Dragons out for the 1st competitive match as a Regional entity against The OspreysThe inaugural season for The Dragons saw them finish third in the Celtic League table and remain undefeated at home in the competition. They were unfairly perceived at the start of the season as a side of rejects, a team nothig great was expected from. However, with a strong coaching team in Mike Ruddock and Clive Griffiths (both now with Welsh national team), a strong work ethic and fantastic team spirit, The Dragons proved their critics wrong.

The Dragons had a tough start to the season, a start that would seem daunting to any team let alone one that had only just been established. The opening month saw them line up against the Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park on two occasions, and travel to Ravenhill to take on Ulster. However, they gathered momentum after the difficult start stringing together a series of five wins out of six in the League before their assault on Europe. The Dragons claimed the scalps of Ulster and Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup before losing their home record to Leicester Tigers, which also ended their chances of qualification from the pool stages of the competition.

Mike Ruddock: From Dragons to Grand Slam Coach!Out of the Heineken Cup, The Dragons turned their attentions back to the Celtic League and maintaining their impressive home record. Away losses to the Ospreys and Glasgow were low points in The Dragons season, but again displaying the characteristic "never say die" attitude they refused to give up on the League title and claimed away wins at Edinburgh and Munster to sustain the challenge at the top. The top three teams were all in with a chance of capturing the title and it was left to the closing weekend of the competition before the winner was declared. The Dragons were still in with a shot but needed to beat Leinster and claim a bonus point in the process, while hoping Ulster would emerge victorious from their visit to Stradey Park, but without any bonus points. With the first half over, it was all going according to plan; The Dragons were beating Leinster and had scored four tries clinching the bonus, whilst over in Stradey the Scarlets were losing to Ulster and the Celtic League trophy was on its way to Newport. But forty minutes in rugby can be a long time. Despite a valiant effort The Dragons lost to Leinster and the Scarlets eventually defeated Ulster, leaving The Dragons in third position. Ultimately a lack of bonus points was the Dragons' undoing and despite winning more games than the other teams in the League they fell just short of claiming the spoils.

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