DRAGONS head coach Dai Flanagan admits he is struggling to find any positives after “a tough three weeks” as he reflected on a 45-14 defeat by Munster in Cork.

Ryan Woodman scored a try in his first start for the Rodney Parade region and Aki Seiuli had the last say with a second score in the final minutes.

But Dragons suffered a third successive defeat in the United Rugby Championship as Munster ran in seven tries at Musgrave Park.

“It’s tough initially to find positives in it,” said Flanagan.

“I thought our maul was good and for some of the youngsters, Luke Yendle and Ryan Woodman, it was a big step forward in their development. I thought they really stood up in the pack.

“But I am just disappointed in our accuracy, if I am being honest.

“The effort is always through the roof, but we need to be more accurate under pressure than we are.

“We can learn lessons from this, but we have got to be much better.

“We’ve got to put speed in the game against teams in this league and we’ve got some tough games coming up.”

Flanagan’s men host Leinster next Sunday before a derby against Ospreys at Rodney Parade on November 18 and then face games against the Sharks and the Lions in Durban and Johannesburg respectively.

“We’ve got to draw a line in the sand, it’s been a tough three weeks, but we’ve got to focus on the next one,” said the head coach.

South Wales Argus: Jack Dixon's expression sums up the feelings at Dragons RFC during a tough loss to MunsterJack Dixon's expression sums up the feelings at Dragons RFC during a tough loss to Munster (Image: Huw Evans Agency)“It doesn’t get any easier. But I love this league for that reason.

“Leinster at home, then we’ve got a massive derby against the Ospreys, then we’re on a flight to South Africa to face two of those teams.

“It’s a fantastic league, but it’s only good if you are competing.”