Beddau came so close to staying alive for another week at least
Beddau were left heartbroken when a last minute kick hit the post against fellow strugglers Blackwood, condemning the Green and Golds to relegation.
With the Mount Pleasant Park outfit knowing anything less than a bonus point victory would see them drop down a division in their last game of the season, Rhys Morgan's penalty agonisingly struck the upright when the scores were tied at 45-all.
The roller coaster result leaves Blackwood's own hopes of avoiding the same fate as Beddau in the balance but still very much in their own hands as they hover just above the drop-zone with two games to play.
Rhys Watkins scored a brace of tries for the Gwent side, while Matthew Hutcheon, Sean Higgins, Gareth Williams, Dean Gibbs and Mark Curtis also crossed the whitewash. For Beddau, Dan Fox, Bradley Coombes, Chris Francis, David Francis, Rhys Morgan and two penalty tries completed their seven try haul, with Morgan converting five of those scores.
Bottom side Bonymaen are the only team that can rob Blackwood of their Swalec Championship status but even a bonus point win when the two sides meet on May 10 may not be enough to save themselves after they slipped to their 19th loss of the season, going down 33-0 at home to champions Ebbw Vale.
Blackwood travel to Llanharan this coming Saturday and a losing bonus point will see them survive at the expense of Bonymaen and render their final round encounter at Glan-yr-Afon Park irrelevant in terms of the regulation battle. Even if Blackwood do leave Llanharan with nothing this weekend, a single point at home to Bonymaen would again be enough to keep them up a week later.
At the other end of the table, Ebbw Vale - who are just two wins away from an perfect season - picked up their 22nd bonus point this campaign as tries from Ashley Sweet, Cameron Regan, Gareth Rusby-Davies, Chris Thomas and Dai James made light work of Bonymaen at Parc Mawr.
Meanwhile, the race for second in the division remains very much alive after Cardiff Met and RGC 1404 were both beaten. The Students went down 16-3 at Bridgend Athletic, where Iestyn Merriman and Luke Hollyman went over for Athletic's tries, while Bargoed powered to a 36-17 victory over the North Walians.
Elsewhere, Pontypool could move up to third if they win their remaining games after a try treble from Lloyd Lewis helped them thrash Tata Steel 38-5 in Port Talbot, while Narberth remain fourth thanks to a narrow 22-17 triumph over Llanharan.
In the day's other fixture, Newbridge moved clear of the battle at the bottom after they notched up their seventh win of the season as they edged past Tondu 17-15 at the Welfare Ground.
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.
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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.
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We caught up with Shona and Ellie from the Wales women team ahead of the start of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris next month at a recent women's training session to encourage and promote more women and girls to try their hand at rugby. #tryourgame
We hear from the Wales camps in South Africa and New Zealand, as well as the EGM, in this week's principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Defence coach Shaun Edwards and forwards coach Robin McBryde look ahead to the Springboks, Angus O'Brien and Mark Taylor look back at heartbreak for Wales Under 20s, while group chief executive Roger Lewis and chairman David Pickering face the Welsh press after being vindicated at the EGM.
Newport are certainly having an indifferent season so far and having gone close in a number of matches they have only two league wins to their name as they prepare to face Neath tomorrow afternoon (KO 1.30pm)
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