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.
School and college pupils from school club hubs across the Blues region were invited to the WRU National Centre of Excellence this week to complete the Level 1 Referee course. Nigel Owens was one of the tutors and more courses of this kind will be run around Wales to cater for the demand, to increase the number of qualified referees available to officiate school and club rugby, and to find potential future referees of the senior game.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
The top three teams of the Principality Premiership put their unbeaten runs on the line this weekend. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespies is joined by South Wales Argus rugby writer Chris Kirwan to discuss the weekend's action
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
Tomorrow will see the first six-point try scored in the northern hemisphere when the Principality Premiership kicks off. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with WRU National match Officials Manager Nigel Whitehouse, and Pontypridd winger Alex Webber as they look ahead to the innovative changes.
The annual Women's club launch was held at the Wales Centre of Excellence where National Women's Head Coach and Programme Lead Rhys Edwards, Competition Secretary Adrian Howell and Cardiff Met player Ffion Jones express eagerness for the new campaign to get under way.
Plenty of award winners in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast.Dragons centre Tyler Morgan wins one of the top awards for up and coming talent with the SportingWales Rising Stars 2015 award. Scarlets and Wales outside half Hannah Jones is one of the runners-up. We also he from community clubs as the season approaches and Principality Premiership unsung hero Ron Taylor of Ebbw Vale.
Actor and Millennium Stadium Tour Guide Gareth Bale has been performing his one-man play about Wales rugby legend Ray Gravell across Wales. He chats to WRU TV before taking his show to the Edinburgh Festival.
After widespread consultation, the WRU has made major changes to its pathway programme for girls rugby with a spring and summer season being introduced with immediate effect in order to respond to a clear demand to play the game.
The Welsh Rugby Union has reiterated its strong stance to players at all levels of the game to ensure they train and compete cleanly for the good of the game following a player suspension for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.