Waunarlwydd gave their survival hopes a major boost after winning the basement battle against Dunvant at Roseland Road...
Full-back Rhys Williams proved a match winner, scoring the only try of the game and kicking two penalties to seal an 11-3 win that took Waunarlwydd three points clear of their opponents and six-points above west division bottom side Builth Wells.
A relieved Waunarlwydd coach Rhodri Williams said: "It wasn't a pretty game by any means but this game was all about the result.
"It's hard to describe the significance of the result, not only was it a local derby, but the pressure was really on. It's a dog fight down at the bottom of the league and the boys showed real character to get the win, out defensive effort was massive.
"It would be massive to hold out this season and stay up at this level so this win was really important to pull away from the bottom two."
However the bottom three sides are still adrift of nearest rivals Whitland who secured a 28-19 win at Llangennech with a powerful second-half display.
Phil Morgan, Dion Thomas and Aled Evans all went over while fly-half Aled Davies kicked two conversions and thee penalties.
West leaders Cwmllynfell stayed in pole position courtesy of a 29-17 win over Merthyr thanks to tries from Paul Skilton, Andrew Luther, Shaun Flyman and a penalty try. Peter Thomas converted three of those tries and added a penalty.
Cwmllynfell remain just a point ahead of Bonymaen who had to rely on six penalties from the trusty boot of outside-half Craig Jones to overcome Narberth for whom Nick Jones scored the game's only try.
Narberth are level on points with Carmarthen Quins and Bridgend Athletic who also registered wins at Loughor and Builth Wells respectively.
Newbridge moved three points clear at the top of the East Division after running in five tries against Newport Saracens at the Welfare
Ground. Robert Smith crossed twice before Kristian Perry and Stuart Smith followed as well as being awarded a penalty try in the 37-17.
Their win was compounded by defeat for Uwic who let slip a commanding first-half lead at Beddau. The students raced into a surprise 20-3 lead by half-time through tries from Charles Barkley and Matt Trowbridge and 16 points from the boot of Scott Sneddon.
But Beddau produced a stirring second-half comeback wiith 24 points thanks to a brace of tries from Chris Bundy and a score by Owen Thomas as well as the accurate kicking of Steve Robinson.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.