Hooker Denis Fogarty, one of a number of regular reserves given the chance to impress Munster coach Declan Kidney, hands off Dragons flanker Jamie Ringer.
Dragons number 8 Rhys Oakley and Munster scrum half Tomas O'Leary fight for the ball at Musgrave Park.
Munster centre and former rugby league great Gary Connolly tries to give Dragons number 12 ceri Sweeney the slip.
Shannon clubman John O'Connor, a namesake of Wasps and Ireland flanker Johnny O'Connor, is held back by Richard Fussell of the Dragons.
Munster lock Mick O'Driscoll hands off Dragons winger Ben Breeze on a memorable 30-metre carry before the interval. O'Driscoll almost made it to the try line but was squeezed out at the right corner flag by Jamie Ringer.
Winger Ian Dowling, who was sin-binned rather harshly for a deliberate knock-on, 12 minutes into the second half, comes under pressure from Dragons duo Peter Sidoli (left) and Jamie Ringer (right). Munster's win - their third of the season against Paul Turner's Dragons side - sees them four points ahead of second-placed Leinster at the top of the table.
**All photos by Lorraine O'Sullivan of Inpho Photography**