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Magnificent Munster slay Dragons

Munster 49 Dragons 6

By Alex Lowe

Munster's record tryscorer Simon Zebo pocketed his 57th provincial try in a dominant 49-6 Guinness PRO14 win over Dragons at Irish Independent Park.

Impressive debutant Chris Cloete, Alex Wootton and Chris Farrell made consistent yards as Munster led 14-3 at the interval, their tries coming from Rory Scannell and Zebo.

Angus O'Brien clipped over a penalty in each half for Dragons, who have not won in Ireland in three years.

The sell-out 8,008 Cork crowd celebrated the arrival of the bonus point in the 57th minute after well-taken scores from Jack O'Donoghue and Darren Sweetnam.

Three more tries followed in the final quarter, shared out by replacements Sam Arnold (2) and Kevin O'Byrne, with man of the match JJ Hanrahan taking his conversion tally to a perfect seven.

It was a memorable send-off if, as anticipated, this was Rassie Erasmus' final game in charge of Munster before his South African compatriot Johann van Graan takes over the Irish province.

Although Dragons had an early maul opportunity, it was mostly Munster on the front foot as they looked to bounce back from derby defeats to Leinster and Connacht.

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