Carmarthen Quins edged the battle of the Division One heavyweights with a 13-12 victory over Aberavon in the Sixth Round of the Principality Cup.
It turned into a nightmare afternoon for Wizards kicker Jamie Davies who missed four easy chances to put his side into the last 16, including a last-minute penalty attempt that was well within range.
Wing Josh Freeman crossed for Quins in the opening half and Giles Thomas converted and added a penalty. Aberavon stormed back in the second half with tries by Kristian Owen and Lee Abdul
with Davies finally managing to put the ball between the posts for a conversion.
Thomas had no problems at the other end and slotted over a penalty in the second half to secure the win.
Caerphilly, the only Premier side in at this stage after finishing bottom last season, eased through with a 35-22 victory at Llandovery. Luke Richards provided some of the accurate goal-kicking missing from the Castletown side in recent matches by landing three penalties and converting three of their four tries.
Division Two's Maesteg gave Pontypool a fright before going out 22-23 at Llynfi Road. Pooler raced into a 17-0 interval lead with tries by Nicky Lloyd and Byron Hayward who finished the match with 15 points by adding two conversions and a brace of penalties.
Maesteg wing Neil Dixon bagged a pair of tries, Grant Epton and Richard Morgan also crossed but the home side had a glorious chance to snatch victory when Epton fired a long-range penalty wide of the posts in the final minute.
Division Five Central side Nantymoel had not tasted defeat for over a year but the difference in class told when they came up against Division One side Bedwas who easily won 33-12 with wing Nathan Hill crossing for a brace of tries.
Bonymaen go through after beating Beddau 22-8 and Cross Keys owed their 25-18 win over Whitland to Gethin Worgan who slotted over five penalties. Newbridge were too strong for Narberth and two tries by Gareth Turner helped them to a 34-15 victory over the Otters.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.