Nic Reynolds breaks out of defence while (thumb) Kristan Baller clears the danger for Ponty
Pontypridd spoiled the party as they condemned Llanelli to their first defeat of the season in the Principality Premiership with a 16-10 triumph at Stradey Park.
The home side were hoping to go out with a bang in their last game at the famous ground but it wasn't to be as visiting fly-half Dai Flanagan slotted three penalties and a conversion to Gavin Dacey's touchdown to earn Ponty their first win away from home this season.
Luke Jones scored a try for Llanelli with fly-half Rhys Priestland landing the conversion and a penalty for the losers.
Glamorgan Wanderers gained ground on the leading pack with a convincing 30-12 victory against Bridgend.
Scott Sneddon once again proved the match winner for the Wanderers with 14 points - which included two tries - in the bonus-point win.
Bridgend were facing a rout at halftime after tries from David Hewlett and James Lockton followed Sneddan's efforts to see Wanderers 27-9 up but the Ravens improved drastically in the second spell.
Bridgend's points came via the boot of Gareth David with four penalties.
In a tightly contested affair, Pontypool edged out Bedwas 18-13 to record their third victory of the campaign.
Sam Mills knocked over two penalties and a conversion after Tom Edwards got Pooler on track with a first-half try.
Stuart Thomas kicked two penalties and right wing Adam Hughes crossed as Bedwas threatened but centre Dan Robinson eased nerves when he went over to seal a home win.
Llandovery remain rooted firmly to the bottom of the table after a 9-15 reversal at home to Ebbw Vale.
Three first half penalties by Dan Ettridge gave the home side hope as the Drovers led 9-5 at the break. Wayne James-Lewis scored a try for the visitors as Llandovery were hoping to secure their first scalp of the season.
But a David Langdon intercept try broke their hearts and with Alan Bromwell extending Ebbw Vale's lead, the Church Bank outfit were left to ponder what might have been.
Aberavon kept up with the pace at the top of the Principality Premiership table with a convincing 36-7 win at home to Cross Keys.
Two tries a piece from wing Richard Carter and flanker Chris Davies, as well as four conversions and a penalty from James Garland gave The Wizards a massive 31-0 lead.
Aberavon could only manage a James Garland try in the second-period as Cross Keys put in a more respectable performance in the second half, and a converted try from center Carl Pocok ensured Cross Keys won the second half at least.
Newport racked up eight tries from seven different try scorers to lift themselves up to third with a 65-21 victory against Swansea.
Half-back Dan Griffiths commenced the scoring for Newport with an early try that acted as the catalyst for a personal 24 point haul. It was only Nicky Thomas who rescued Swansea from total humiliation, the wing claiming all of Swansea's 21 points.
Newport lead 31 -9 at the break thanks to tries from Griffiths, Paul Jones, Andrew Brown and a penalty try as well as a penalty from Griffiths.
The second-half brought more joy for the Black and Ambers as Tom Isaacs justified his recall with a try, and his score was followed by tries from Scott Williams, Craig Hill and Jason Tovey.
Neath threw away an 11 point cushion as Cardiff rallied to record a late 27-29 win at The Gnoll.
Ryan Howells proved to be the difference against the winners of the last four Premiership titles. He caught a long pass from Arwel Thomas, the former Wales fly-half who scored five penalties and a conversion, for the first try after five minutes.
In reply, Dai Evans crossed for the Blacks and two more penalties from Thomas made it 17-16 at half time.David Evans's converted try gave Neath a 24-16 lead early in the second half, but Cardiff came back and another intercepted try from Howells levelled the scores with five minutes left.
Gareth Davies kicked the conversion to give the visitors victory by the slenderest margin.
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.
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