Newport Gwent Dragons went down to their 11th defeat in 14 matches this season at Benetton Treviso at the weekend - but head coach Darren Edwards believes the worst is finally behind them.
The Welsh region have stayed on in Italy ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 3 match against tournament newcomers Rugby Mogliano on Saturday but their hopes of building on their victory over Connacht and gaining some momentum were blown away by Treviso.
"I'm proud of the way the players kept battling against a powerful pack full of internationals and I honestly believe we have turned a corner with our recent performances," said Edwards.
International wing Will Harries was sent off for a second yellow card mid-way through the second-half and with him went the
Dragons' faint hopes of adding to their score, Tom Prydie scoring all the points, including a well-taken second half try.
"We don't have an argument with the red card because the two offences were both worth yellow cards.
"When you're on the back foot and go for things like an interception or come in at the side of the ruck, you're going to come off second best if you don't get them right.
"It was a shame because at the time we looked like we could have taken something from this game which I felt we deserved for all our effort."
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Following an investigation by ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor, into the registration of the London Welsh player, Tyson Keats, for the 2012/13 Amlin Challenge Cup, a misconduct complaint has been made against London Welsh.
Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) has been named ERC European Player of the Year 2013. The prestigious award crowns an outstanding season for the out-half who led the French club to a dramatic Heineken Cup final victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.