The SWALEC League season may be only five weeks old but already Llantrisant have sent an ominous warning to the rest of Division Two East with their unbeaten start.
They were made to work hard for their fourth victory on the bounce, 25-19 at Abergavenny, but tries from Martin Bettinson, two, Rhys King and Jonathan Williams ensured the Black Army have only dropped two of a maximum 20 points.
The bonus point opened a four-point advantage over second place Gilfach Goch who won 5-0 at Abercynon after Andrew Pridy's try proved enough to settle a dour game.
Similarly Tredegar's Leighton Simms grabbed the only try, proving enough to see off Rhydyfelin 8-6 while Richard John and Mark McKee denied Treherbert a first win as Fleur de Lys leapt to sixth place with a 12-9 win.
Nelson stormed to the top of Division Three East after brushing aside New Tredegar with ease, 29-3, while Gwernyfed crashed 29-20 at Rhymney. Pontypool United overcame Pill Harriers 16-6.
Llantwit Fardre took advantage of leaders Treorchy's postponed game by jumping three places into pole position by comfortably beating Aberdare 39-5. Paul Davies scored twice along with Dean Thomas, James Allen and Kieran Evans.
Machen were beaten for the first time in Division Four by a late drop goal as Tredegar Ironsides clinched a dramatic 23-22 win
Luke Jarvis scored late to keep Abercwmboi top of Division Five with a 5-3 win over Heol y Cyw. Abercarn beat Blaenavon 24-0 to stay top of Division Five East while Barry are now six points clear in Division Five south-east after running three tries in a 25-16 home win over Old Penarthians.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.