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Hungry Dragons call on Cardiff’s Green Army of fans to breathe fire at first home match

The newly-rebranded Dragons are looking for their first win of the Netball Super League season

CARDIFF Dragons host their first home match of the season against Manchester Thunder at the House of Sport tonight (7pm) looking to build on their draw encouraging in the opening round.

After a strong performance in the 48-48 draw with Saracens Mavericks last weekend, new signing and captain Nia Jones is hoping to get over the winning line this time.

Jones called on the Cardiff crowd to come to House of Sport and support them: “I know how passionate the Green Army are, so we need them at their loud and proud best on Friday night.

“We absolutely love playing in Cardiff and we want other teams to dread it.”

Cardiff’s attack was impressive in the opening round with Wales international Georgia Rowe shooting with 100% success, whilst Hannah Passmore scored 23 goals on debut.

New signings Jones, Leah Middleton and Jacqui Newton provided a solid platform for their attacking talent, with Middleton and Newton combining for 14 gains on debut.

“Whilst it’s nice to be commended for our performance in round one, we see it as an opportunity missed, which only makes us hungrier,” she said.

Having undergone a re-brand in the off-season, newly-named Cardiff Dragons will be facing a tough test in four-time champions Manchester Thunder.

Thunder claimed a notable 56-40 victory against last year’s defeated finalists London Pulse in the opening round.

Captain Jones understands the challenge her team are facing: “Opponents like Thunder are as tough as they come.”