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.
The annual Women's club launch was held at the Wales Centre of Excellence where National Women's Head Coach and Programme Lead Rhys Edwards, Competition Secretary Adrian Howell and Cardiff Met player Ffion Jones express eagerness for the new campaign to get under way.
WRU TV follows Wales' RWC training squad on day one of their camp in North Wales. The squad were greeted to an official welcome in Colwyn Bay and then headed for an afternoon of team building at ZipWorld