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Published: 13:07 | 16/12/15

Dragons slay poor Munster

Munster remain six points off the top of the Guinness Pro12 table after a comprehensive 22-6 defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales.

Munster remain six points off the top of the Guinness Pro12 table after a comprehensive 22-6 defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales.

The boot of Dorian Jones kept the hosts clear of their opponents for much of the game and a late try from Rynard Landman sealed a second loss on-the-bounce for Anthony Foley’s side.

The Irish province had a number of opportunities to cross the Dragons’ tryline in the first period but they were thwarted by a combination of solid defending and poor execution.

Jones put the home side ahead from the tee early on after Munster were caught off their feet and the visitors were put under sustained pressure for much of the opening 10 minutes.

They held firm and were level shortly before the quarter-hour mark when Rory Scannell knocked over a penalty earned after good work from Robin Copeland.

An Ashton Hewitt knock-on scuppered a threatening Dragons move before Simon Zebo thought he had crossed over for the game’s first try at the other end after a sharp break from Ronan O’Mahony led to Zebo lunging for the line. However, the TMO adjudged the Ireland international had used a double movement to touch down.

There was more frustration for Munster when Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino ignored Zebo when well-placed, but a brilliant try-saving tackle from Nic Cudd on the line forced a knock-on from the full-back and the chance was gone.

A second Jones penalty restored Dragons’ lead on the half-hour mark before Zebo produced a terrific try-saving tackle by the corner flag.

Scannell levelled matters at 6-6 after Adam Warren was caught offside in front of the posts.

The Dragons went ahead again early in the second half thanks to a Jones drop-goal, while a missed penalty from Tyler Bleyendaal left Munster three points behind.

The Welsh side’s advantage was doubled on 64 minutes when Munster were offside, Jones again knocking over the resulting penalty.

The Dragons continued to press forward, with Jones twice sending a drop goal wide of the target.

However, they were not to be denied and the decisive try came three minutes from time, when lock Landman sold a neat dummy and stepped inside two defenders to pile over, with Jones adding the extras.

Jason Tovey added one final penalty just before the final whistle as the Dragons recorded only their second win over Munster in their last ten meetings.

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