Toby Faletau returned to action the the Dragons' defeat
Newport Gwent Dragons suffered their first defeat under acting head coach Darren Edwards as they slipped to a five try, 38-17 defeat to Magners League leaders Munster in Cork.
Skipper Steve Jones scored a try for the visitors and Jason Tovey kicked 12 points as the Dragons held the league leaders for almost an hour. But two tries from All Blacks legend Doug Howlett paved the way for full back Johne Murphy to clinch the bonus point.
Irish veteran back row man Alan Quinlan wrapped up Munster's win with a late score and the defeat leaves the Dragons 13 points behind the Scarlets in seventh place in the race for automatic qualification for the Heineken Cup, but with two games in hand.
Wales Under-20s head coach Edwards had made an impressive start since taking temporary charge of the Dragons with four wins and draw from his first five games following the departure of Paul Turner.
The Dragons, who included fit-again Wales squad member Toby Faletau, led 9-6 after a hat-trick of penalties by Tovey despite losing Ashley Smith and Robert Sidoli to injury. But Howlett turned the game with two tries before half-time.
Tovey and wing Adam Hughes combined to hand hooker Jones an easy score as the Dragons hit back just two minutes after the break. But Munster, with several Ireland internationals to call-upon, broke free in the final 20 minutes as Mick O'Driscoll, Murphy and Quinlan crossed to settle the game and keep the Irish province nine points clear of reigning champions in the Ospreys in the hunt for a top two finish to clinch a home Play-Off semi-final.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.