The bad weather hit this week's SWALEC Championship fixtures with only three games going ahead.
Tata Steel tightened their grip on fourth place with a hard fought win at home against Bonymaen. The visitors were abrasive and plucky throughout, but were outscored by three tries to nil, to go down 15-6. Impressive scrum-half Martin Luckwell opened the scoring for Tata. Lock Ben Davis crashed over to top off a strong performance, while flanker Rob Hill's five-pointer completed the scoring for the hosts. Bonymaen's points came from the boot of Robert Cunliffe.
Llanharan suffered a shock 19-10 defeat at home to basement battlers Pontypool. Flanker James Benjamin was the hero for Ponty as he slid over for two vital scores. Prop Sam Cook also trundled over the whitewash with Clayton Gullis converting two of the three tries. It was only Ponty's second victory of the season. Defeat for the home team has dealt their hopes of a fifth place finish a severe blow. Tries from Nathan Huish and Tom Piper failed to turn the tide. Llanharan are seventh with Ponty second from bottom.
Bridgend Athletic turned over high-flying Narberth in a 15-14 nail biter. Narberth's two tries were not enough to halt the clinical home side. Narberth remain fifth and are five points behind Tata in fourth. Bridgend remain ninth but have closed the gap on eighth placed Beddau, to two points.
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.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts Wales assistant coach Rob Howley, WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey and representatives of grassroots clubs in Wales who helped finalise the policy. We also hear from WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema, plus Llanelli and Cardiff in the Principality Premiership.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts took time out of his club commitments to raise the profile of the campaign launch held at Pontyclun Rugby Club.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Interview with WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema.
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.