Pontypridd's Jamie Howe feels the force of a London Scottish tackle
Pontypridd led the way in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday as they defeated London Scottish 27-20 at Sardis Road.
The English Championship side were dealt a first half blow when flanker Neil Best was sent off for upending Pontypridd second row Craig Locke. Geraint Lewis' side took advantage by moving into a 10-3 lead, wing Owen Jenkins opening the scoring with skipper Simon Humberstone adding five points with the boot.
Scottish got back into things with Peter Homan scoring an interception try and Dan Newton kicking them into an improbable lead.
But Tom Pascoe and Thomas Young sealed the win for the defending Principality Premiership champions rendering Mike Doneghan's late effort a consolation.
The three other Welsh sides in cross-border action this weekend didn't fare quite as well. At Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli were edged out 16-20 by Rotherham. Kev George's side went into an early 3-0 lead via a Josh Lewis penalty before the English side hit back.
Two tries and the boot of Lloyd Hayes gave them a 20-9 lead early in the second half and although replacement Ed Price got Llanelli back into it, they were unable to claim what would have been a vital home win.
Aberavon were beaten 22-41 by Leeds Carnegie at the Talbot Athletic Ground despite the Wizards scoring three tries. Backs Jay Baker and Nathan Edwards both scored and although Wales winger Dafydd Howells added a third, Leeds were clear winners.
Across the Irish Sea, inform Cross Keys found Leinster A too hot to handle in Dublin. Coached by former Irish full back Girvan Dempsey, Leinster produced some scintillating rugby to run out 31-0 winners. Tries in each half by Darragh Fanning did the damage.
For a full match report of Pontypridd's win over London Scottish click here.
This week on the Principality Premiership Podcast, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie talks to Carmarthen Quins head coach Louie Tonkin who is aiming to close the gap on leading duo, Pontypridd and Ebbw Vale, with victory against Bridgend tomorrow.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a new four year deal with specialist equipment supplier Rhino Rugby, which is set to benefit both the grass roots game in Wales and the national squad in equal measure.
We watch the new grass growing and being stitched together in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Millennium Stadium groundsman Lee Evans, Wales great Ieuan Evans gives an overview on the new strategy announced by head of rugby Josh Lewsey, while we also hear from Bedwas, Aberavon and Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership.
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley was welcomed with open arms by the staff and players at Crymych recently when he hosted a training session in memory of former club captain and coach, Glyndwr Richards.
We hear about the WRU's annual report and some exciting new plans for schools and clubs round Wales in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. WRU finance director Steve Phillips explains the money side, while head of rugby Josh Lewsey explains his new strategy for schools and clubs. We also get reaction from all round Wales.