Llanelli Scarlets became the first Welsh winners of the Celtic League after beating title rivals Ulster in their top of the table clash at Stradey Park.
The Scarlets were crowned champions after overpowering Ulster in front of a sell-out crowd and scupper the Irish province's hopes of a league and cup double.
Stephen Jones gave his team the perfect goodbye present before joining Montferrand by kicking 18 points in a near faultless display and created the Llanelli's crucial try that swung the game - and the title - in their favour.
After edging his side 12-9 ahead with his third penalty five minutes into the second half, Jones pierced the gap behind the on-rushing defence before off-loading for Matthew Watkins to scorch over in the corner on 50 minutes.
Until then there had been precious little to separate the sides, both at near full-strength despite the late withdrawals of Tyrone Howe and Dwayne Peel, with Jones and David Humphreys exchanging kicks in a tight first half.
David Humphreys gave the visitors an early lead with a fourth-minute penalty that was cancelled out ten minutes later by Jones as the opposing outside-halves embarked on a fascinating kicking duel during a tight first half.
But Llanelli stepped up a gear - or two - after the break
and Ulster had little response. Jones added two more penalties before being afforded a standing ovation when he left the field two minutes before time.
Replacement forward Neil McMillan crashed over from a lineout almost immediately afterwards to earn Ulster the bonus point that secured their second place in the league ahead of the Dragons and gave departing coach Alan Solomons at least some consolation before he departs for Northampton.
The on and off-field benefits of schools and colleges employing a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub initiative continue to grow with the publication of the first half term figures of the current academic year.
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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