Newport outside half Daniel Griffiths was the toast of the 2,642 crowd at Rodney Parade as he kept his nerve to slot a 40 metre penalty deep into injury time to maintain his side's unbeaten run at the top of the Welsh Premiership.
The battle of the boots had looked like going the way of the visitors' Giles Thomas as Carmarthen Quins led 31-30 at the end of normal time, but Griffiths had other ideas. Four minutes into injury time he got another penalty chance
and he hit the mark to make it eight wins and a draw in their opening nine matches. It was nip and tuck all the way, with the mighty Quins leading 28-24 at the interval.
Two tries from Emyr Jones and a third from Josh Freeman hoisted them into contention and the deadly accurate boot of Thomas did the rest. Thomas knocked over two conversions and added four penalties for a match haul of 16 points. Griffiths helped himself to 13 to back up Newport's four tries. Outside half Lee Thomas helped himself to 20 points as Pontypridd beat Llanharan 50-20 at Sardis Road, while defending champions Pontypool pipped their biggest rivals Aberavon 8-5.
Swansea were overrun at home by Caerphilly, who emerged 44-34 victors at St Helens, while Neath beat Ebbw Vale 43-11 thanks to 18 points from Matthew Jones. Llanelli notched their second win of the campaign with a stunning 33-11 triumph at Bedwas, where centre Gavin Evans scored 15 points, and Cross Keys full back Darren Miles scored 19 points as he steered his side to a 39-24 home win over Cardiff.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
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.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.