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.
How do you follow a dancing hippopotamus - the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team has just the 'oneness' to do it say the BBC! For a decade the sight of a herd of hippos synchronised swimming around their own private blue lagoon, has lit up our television screens at regular intervals between favourite BBC One shows. But now the nation's most watched channel has relinquished its famous amphibious mammals in favour of a new show-reel which includes the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team.
Treorchy's award-winning secretary Bryan James, Ebbw Vale's Nigel Davies and all four regions on the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We look ahead fo Europe with Rob Evans of the Scarlets, Dan Baker of the Ospreys, Ellis Jenkins of the Blues, as well as Nic Cudd and Tom Prydie of the Dragons.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
Nigel Davies is a relieved man after seeing his side secure the last spot for phase two of this season's Principality Premiership with a hard fought victory against Gwent rivals, Cross Keys at Eugene Cross Park on Saturday.
With Ebbw Vale and Cardiff battling for the last top tier spot available in this weekend's crucial round of the Principality Premiership, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie is joined by South Wales Argus rugby writer Chris Kirwan to preview tomorrow's round of action while GTFM Radio's Ioan Dyer interviews Pontypridd coach Robert Sidoli.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Pontypridd coach Robert Sidoli singles out the pace of his side as a major contributing factor in his team's 31-22 win against Cross Keys at Sardis Road in a thrilling Principality Premiership encounter on New Year's Eve, as GTFM's Ioan Dyer discovers.
Having watched Ebbw Vale get out of jail against Cardiff, WRU Head of Rugby Performance Geraint John tells WRU TV's Liz Jones he is now looking forward to next week's final round of phase one of the Principality Premiership where just one place remains vacant for a top eight spot.
Ebbw Vale head coach Nigel Davies reflects on his side's 23-22 defeat to Bedwas in the Principality Premiership. And as WRU TV's Liz Jones finds out, he is making Saturday's clash against Cardiff a must win otherwise a top eight spot seems out of reach.
It's crunch time in the Principality Premiership as teams chase a top eight spot. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to WRU Head of Performance Geraint John about the festive fixtures while Cross Keys head coach Greg Woods looks ahead to the Boxing Day clash against arch rivals, Newport.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
Girls in North Wales have two great rugby role models in WRU Regional Coordinator Rachel Taylor and Rhyl High School Hub Officer Ale Lewis, both helping to increase opportunities for women and girls in Welsh rugby.
Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt is confident his side have what it takes to step up another level ready for the Principality Premiership Tier One when the league kicks off again at the start of next month.
Following a four year suspension to Kurt Clabby of Bedwas and Nelson for evading, refusing or failing to submit a sample collection, announced today, the Welsh Rugby Union has reiterated its call for players to 'Stay Onside'.