Newport came back from 5-13 down at Rodney Parade to score three converted secondhalf tries and defeat Cross Keys 26-13. Top dogs Neath raced clear of Pontypridd to win 42-3 at the Gnoll, though Ponty have not scored a try in their last three outings and scrum half Carl Thomas was sent off after 37 minutes for stamping. Aberavon hung on to beat Ebbw Vale 27-25 after six successive losses. Hooker Chris Wells scored a try and saved his side when he charged down a drop shot by Jason Williams in injurytime. Llanelli ran riot to beat Pontypool 58-12 at Stradey Park; Caerhilly had a marvellous 47-31 win over Swansea at Virginia Park, with 13 tries resulting in a free-flowing match and Llandovery just scraped through 19-12 at Newbridge as former Wales Under-21 wing Ifan Evans gained the only Drovers try. Carmarthen Quins were 0-6 down at home to a battling Llanharan, but came back with three converted tries to win 21-6. PREMIER DIVISION - TOP POINTS SCORERS 266 - James Hook (Neath)
265 - Luke Richards (Swansea)
238 - Ceiron Thomas (Llanelli)
198 - Chris Anderson (Cardiff)
184 - Sam Mills (Pontypool)
183 - Gareth David (Bridgend), Jason Williams (Ebbw Vale)
180 - Gareth Morgan (Llandovery)
174 - Jonathan Williams (Newbridge)
169 - Daniel Griffiths (Newport)
140 - Andrew James (Bedwas)
136 - Marc Davies (Llanharan)
135 - Jason Pocock (Pontypridd)
129 - Gethin Worgan (Cross Keys)
127 - Jamie Davies (Aberavon)
118 - Craig Evans (Carmarthen Quins)
117 - Aled Thomas (Carmarthen Quins)
108 - Darren Miles (Cross Keys) PREMIER DIVISION - TOP TRY SCORERS
16 - Neil Clapham (Neath)
14 - Elgan Jones (Cardiff)
13 - Nicky Jones (Swansea)
12 - Daniel Gravelle (Llanelli)
11 - Nathan Williams (Cross Keys), Gareth Morris (Neath), Richard Carter (Aberavon), Gareth Chapman (Newport), Richard Johnston (Neath)
10 - Ryan Howells (Bridgend)
09 - Darren Daniel (Llanelli), Mike Silcox (Caerphilly), Kristian Owen (Ebbw Vale)
08 - Paul Williams (Newport), Richard Fussell (Pontypridd), Liam Gadd (Aberavon), Andy Edwards (Caerphilly), Cae Trayhern (Pontypool), Andrew Bevan (Ebbw Vale), Hywel Jenkins (Neath).
NEXT PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES Wednesday, March 6 will now see seven matches taking place, including the visit of leaders Neath to a very in-form Caerphilly, while the SwanseaCardiff battle at St Helen's will be televised live. Llanharan will be battling for relegation points at home to Aberavon and Cross Keys return to Pandy Park ato take on Bedwas. Bottom club Newbridge facing a daunting task at home to Carmarthen Quins; high-riding Newport will be at Rodney Parade against fellow Gwent club Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd are at Sardis Road against Llanelli. On Saturday, March 12 there will a 2.30pm rearranged game as Bridgend take on Llandovery at the Brewery Field.
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.