Ebbw Vale made it two from two in the Swalec Championship as they piled on 20 points in the second half against title rivals Bargoed in a 33-16 home win.
There were four tries to earn the Steelmen a bonus point and keep them in contention at the top of the table. Tries from Joe Franchi, Jack Flower, Wes Cunliffe and Sion Jones proved too much for the visitors.
But while the reigning champions have picked up nine points from their opening two matches, they find themselves trailing the unbeaten Cardiff Met and Pontypool.
Hot on the heels of their bonus point win at Llanharan on the opening weekend of the campaign the students from Cyncoed ran in six tries in a 41-5 demolition of Bonymaen that took them to the top of the table.
Back row man James Harris and wing Chris Leversely crossed for first-half tries to give the home side a 10-5 interval lead. Then they went on the rampage in the second half.
Further tries flowed from three-quarters Ben Axton-Burnett (2), Garyn Smith and James Beal. The only response from Bonymaen was a first half try by prop Jordan Collins.
Pontypool's wonder start to the season continued as they fought to the end to beat Bridgend Athletic 31-24 having trailed 21-10 at the break. First half tries from Dan Howells, Ross Parsons and Dan Belu, all converted by Steve Lewis, had given the visitors a handy lead at the break.
But Pontypool turned on the style in the second half and Jordan Williams crossed for the fourth try to ensure a second successive bonus point. Niall Martin converted all four tries and ended with 11 points from the boot.
Beddau picked up a win on the road at newly promoted Tondu, skipper Glen Slater's try helping to secure a 17-13 victory, while Llanharan had outside half Codey Rees to thank for their 33-16 win at Blackwood.
Rees kicked 18 points as he converted tries from Nathan Huish, Callum Thomas and Huw Thomas. He also kicked four penalties, while Blackwood had tries from Matthew McGovern and David Ford and two penalties from Dan Butler.
Bev Howells kept his nerve to kick the winning goal with the last kick of the match to steer Newbridge to their first win of their 125th anniversary season, a 23-20 home triumph over Tata Steel. The centre had earlier crossed for one of his side's three tries.
The home side were 20-10 ahead at the break, but the visitors hit back to level the scores at 20-20. Then Howells stepped up to steal the glory.
RGC 1404 made up for their opening day defeat by Ebbw Vale by hitting back with a 22-18 win at Narberth. While all the home points came through penalty goals, the north Walians conjured up three tries through Adam Williams, Tom Blackwell and Wales Under 20 centre Harri Evans.
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'.
Developing the game in Wales and creating a stable and progressive environment for players of the future
Taking the grass roots game out across the length and breadth of the nation, the National Leagues are the focus of the community rugby in Wales
The National Cup, Plate and Bowl continue the legacy of the WRU Challenge Cup, culminating in a shot at glory at the Millennium Stadium
Women's Community Rugby embraces both the regional and community club game from Girls' Leagues through to the Women's Premier Division