They may have the Pembrokeshire duo of Narberth and Whitland breathing down their necks at the top of the table, but there seems little likelihood of the Swansea side giving up top spot if they maintain their form of the first month of the season. Their 57-15 home win over UWIC had 22 points from Gareth James in the shape of two tries and six conversions. There were also tries from Gavin Evans, Scott Davies, Jason Wride, Lyndon Johnson, Ewan Hopkins, Alan Powell and Neil Wilcox.
That made it 32 tries in five outings so far this season for Gareth McCarthy's team, who have two successive away games to come in the next fortnight against Ystrad Rhondda and Merthyr. The students were highly competitive in the first half, when Ryan Harris scored a try which Matthew McLean converted and Nathan Hopkins dropped a goal. That made it 26-10 at the interval, but the second half ended in a five tries to one rout with only Martin Thomas crossing for the visitors.
Narberth were in equally impressive in their 48-5 home win over Ystrad Rhondda as they made it four wins in five starts with eight tries. Wing Mark Davies led the charge with a second half hat-trick in a game that saw the injury hit visitors reduced to passive scrums and 13 men at the end. Centres Neil Davies and Phil Thomas were also on the score sheet, as were prop Alan Phillips and back row men Andrew Dennis and Lewis Wood. Full back Rob Irving converted three of the tries and Fatika Faletau one.
Whitland ran up a 26 point lead in the first-half of their home clash with Merthyr before easing off to win 33-7 in the end. Four of the five home tries came in that first-half blitz with Aled harris, Lee Glanville, Randell Williams and Eifion Roberts all crossing. Aled Davies bagged the final try and also kicked four conversions for a match tally of 13 points. A disappointing Merthyr were given a penalty try which Neil Burnett converted.
The only game among the eight fixtures that didn't end in a home win was at Cwmllynfell, where Newbridge ended their run of two successive defeats with a battling display to share the points in a 9-9 draw. All the points came from the boots of the two sides' respective kickers, home full back Peter Thomas and Newbridge outside half Greg Callow, with Cwmllynfell leading 6-0 at the break.
Beddau got back to winning ways with a 24-8 victory over Blackwood that contained tries from Rhys Jenkins, Steve Cole and Ashley Copic, while Llangennech had 11 points from the boot of young outside half Ellis Phillips to go with three tries in their 26-13 win over Builth Wells.
Caerphilly may have been two divisions above Waunarlwydd last season, but the Swansea side's 27-16 home win showed just how quickly they have closed the gap. Player coach Jason Hyatt got the fourth and final try as Waunarlwydd picked themselves up from a two point deficit at the interval to come out on top.
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.