Singleton – Newport will have scrummaged all week

Jack Singleton says Newport Gwent Dragons will have spent their week scrummaging ahead of tonight’s European Challenge Cup clash at Rodney Parade.

The Warriors forward pack dominated their Welsh counterparts in Saturday’s clash at Sixways between the two sides.

And with former Warriors coach Ceri Jones now part of the backroom set-up at Newport, Singleton believes the Guinness PRO 12 side’s forwards will be prepared for the return match. 

He said: “Newport will have reviewed last weekend’s game and Ceri will have had them scrummaging all week.  

“We got our set-piece right on Saturday and it was very strong. It wasn’t just the front row as Christian Scotland-Williamson and Will Spencer really helped us, as did the back row. 

“It’s an odd one to play back-to-back games against the same team. You review the game and then get back into it quickly. Newport will come hard at us and we have to be ready for them.” 

Singleton made his first-team debut in October when Warriors travelled to Moscow to face Enisei-STM in Europe.

He has since made his Aviva Premiership debut for the Club. And he admits the physicality has been a big step up.

He added: “At the start of the season my aim was to play as much European rugby as I could but I’ve had some Premiership game time as well, which was an amazing experience. 

“Premiership rugby is a big step up and the big difference is the physicality. It’s something I have had to adapt to and I’m learning each game.

“My goal for the rest of the year is just play as much as possible. I want to focus on Warriors this season and do the best I can for the Club.”