The Ospreys and Scarlets Under 16s bagged victories in the WRU Age Grade Championship last night to put the pressure on previous leaders Blues North.
With the North not playing until Sunday, against North Wales, both regions made hay despite failing to pick up a bonus point.
Two victories in their opening three games became three in four for the Scarlets as tries from Gethin Hunter, Richard Bloomfield and Gareth Rees helped them to a 23-12 success over the Dragons at Narberth.
Meanwhile at Llandarcy, the Ospreys defeated Blues South 14-8 to secure a second win of the season.
Rhodri Lloyd gave the Dragons a 5-0 lead inside two minutes with his first try of the season and though Jordan Williams cut the lead with a penalty, Thomas Ashmead, with a try, and Josh Prosser's conversions helped the visitors into a 12-3 lead.
It was a different story after the interval with Hunter crossing for his fourth try of the campaign, after 53 minutes, and Williams adding a conversion and penalty for good measure.
However, it was not until the final quarter that the Scarlets pulled away with Bloomfield and Rees on the mark with tries.
Meanwhile at Llandarcy, a try from Cory Allen and penalty from James Morris kept the South in touch, but the Ospreys made the most of three yellow cards for the South and made sure of the victory spoils courtesy of three penalties from outside half Tom Carpenter and a try from centre Andrew Claypole.
High performance manager Gruff Rees said; "There were elements of the performance that need work, notably our finishing, but there was plenty of honest endeavour and we will take the win."
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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