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Munster see off Dragons

Defending champions Munster posted their opening win in this season's RaboDirect PRO12 by beating a determined Newport Gwent Dragons 20-12 in Cork.

Danny Barnes and Lifeimi Mafi, who ended last season as the province's first choice centres, both touched down to give the hosts a 17-6 lead at the break.

A penalty each from Steffan Jones and Jason Tovey had kept the Dragons in touch, and in a disjointed second half Tovey closed the gap to five points.

Indiscipline crept into Munster's play - Mafi and Peter O'Mahony were both sin-binned for ruck offences and Damien Varley saw yellow for a slap - but a late penalty from new signing Ian Keatley sealed the victory.

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