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Sweeney: Forget about Falcons.

Dragons points machine Ceri Sweeney has urged his team-mates to forget about their Newcastle Falcons date. The Gwent region could set up a potential Pool 5 decider in the Heineken Cup by beating Edinburgh in Newport next weekend if the Falcons lose at Perpignan.

But the outside-half, who piled up 16 points with six successful kicks at goal against the Scarlets, warned it wouldn't be a cake-walk against the Scottish outfit.

'Edinburgh are a good side. I don't think they get the credit they deserve,' said the Wales international. 'They could have beaten us in the last minute at Murrayfield, and they did at Rodney Parade in the Celtic League.

'We have got to concentrate on our game and the most important thing is we get it right.'

Sweeney admits the Dragons squad and fans have had one eye on the return with Newcastle since losing 10-6 at home during their opening encounter in this season's Heineken Cup.

'Everyone has been thinking of that since the first game when we lost,' he said. 'But let's think about next weekend and Edinburgh first.'

Sweeney is adamant the Dragons have the ability to win at Newcastle, saying, 'Definitely.

'The weather was the big leveller against them at home. But everyone came away from that game thinking it was one that got away from us.'

The Wales star doesn't believe Newcastle will beat the French Championship leaders Perpignan in their own backyard.

'I don't think anyone in our group is going to go out there and turn them over,' he said.

Sweeney revealed that Neil Jenkins, Test rugby's highest points-scorer, is continuing to advise him on his goal-kicking.

'I have been working closely with Neil for the last two or three years,' he said. 'If I need a once-a-week session with him I have only got to ring Neil and he comes and meets me.

'I have been kicking well for about two years. The one thing I have had at the Dragons, Celtic Warriors and Pontypridd is match practice. But it doesn't faze me as I enjoy goal-kicking.'

Dragons captain Jason Forster, out with appendicitis for a month, could come into contention to face Edinburgh.

The Dragons have lost five of their last seven matches, but Sweeney declared, 'We are playing well at home and could have won at the Scarlets.

'We gave them a few piggy-backs, the try interception and things like that.'

But the Dragons were boosted by the form of Kevin Morgan, who has played at wing rather than his normal full-back for much of the season, and claimed his 10th try of the campaign at Stradey Park.

'He is calling himself 'The Knife' because he is a cutting edge,' laughed Sweeney.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 3, 2005
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