Neath made Cardiff miss a few heartbeats in the closing stages of their Principality Premiership game at The Gnoll as they slashed their 16 point half-time deficit to a mere two points at the death.
Three second half tries from Gareth Bateman, Kyle Taylor and Ceri Young hauled the Welsh All Blacks back into contention and had Dai Langdon hammered home the final conversion the game would have been tied.
Cardiff led 23-7 at the break thanks to tries from Wales sevens star Richard Smith and Ben Roach. Jack Maynard converted both of them and also added two -penalties and a drop goal.
Hot on the heels of his match winning hat-trick last weekend, Dan Fish ran in a third try for the visitors, but that was all they could muster in the second half. Neath grew in confidence and it was all the Blue and Blacks could do to hang onto their lead.
Newport hit Swansea for six at Rodney Parade as they beat the All Whites 52-28 in a game of nine tries. Half a dozen of them came to the home side, who were only one score ahead at 25-20 at the break.
But while the visitors could only add an Aled Jenkins try to their total in the second half, Newport ran riot as they added a further 27 points. Prop Dai Paterson, Dale Rogers, Matt O'Brien, Tyler Morgan, Elliot Frewn and Ashton Hewitt grabbed the home tries and Geraint O'Driscoll weighed in with 22 points with the boot.
IRB Junior World Player of the Year Sam Davies kicked 13 points for Swansea and tries came from Nicky Thomas, Sam Pailor and Jenkins.
The boot of Scarlets outside half Aled Thomas proved crucial in Carmarthen Quins' 24-17 home win over Cross Keys as he stroked over four penalties and a conversion for a match tally of 14 points. Jason Harris and Will Boyd grabbed the home tries in a game that saw the Quins build on a 14-11 half-time lead the take the points that guided them to the top of the table.
Former table toppers Pontypridd lost they seat at the top after drawing 27-27 at Llandovery in an epic tussle. The home side mounted a mighty second half challenge after trailing 12-7 at the break and tries from James Garland and Lee Rees took them clear at 27-22.
But Ponty, who had scored tries through Garyn Smith, Jake Thomas and Dafydd Lockyear earlier in the game, conjured up one final attack to try to maintain their unbeaten record. Craig Locke crossed for the vital try to bring the scores level, but Simon Humberstone couldn't hit the mark with what would have been a match winning conversion.
James Dixon found his goalkicking range, however, in Bridgend's 34-16 home win over the ailing Wizards of Aberavon. He kicked 19 points to add to a brace of tries from Tom Grabham and a penalty try.
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 Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
We cover the big news the 2017 Champions League Final will be coming to the Millennium Stadium, in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford, First Minister Carwyn Jones and WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis. Wales coach Warren Gatland describes their high altitude training in Switzerland, national match officials manager Nigel Whitehouse talks about the community coaches and referees conference, while we have a special feature on Cardiff Blues U18 girls sevens squad preparing for their first Gemau Cymru, with some help from internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett.
Pontypridd travel to the Bridge Field to play Bedwas in a Premiership fixture hoping to regain top spot after Newport's vicotry over Llanelli on Thursday saw the Black & Ambers nudge ahead on the points table.
Bridgend Ravens continued their remarkable form against Premiership champions Pontypridd with four wins in five matches throughout 2015 after securing a 14-8 victory at Sardis Road in a Foster's Challenge Cup clash.