Flying wing Richard Carter piloted Aberavon to a revenge mission at Sardis Road as he helped the Wizards win 24-6 at the 'House of Pain' for the first time in six years.
Ponty had beaten Aberavon in the Swalec Cup final last season, but this time the power of the visitors' pack, allied to their strike force behind, enabled coach Simon King to take the scalp of one of his former clubs and claim the best result of the Principality Premiership to date this season.
Dean Gunter gave Ponty the perfect start with two penalties in the opening four minutes, but those were all the points the home side could muster. Ben John sent Carter in for his first try and two penalties from the ever-reliable boot of outside half Jamie Davies hoisted the Wizards into an 11-6 interval lead.
Then Carter snaffled a 70 metre interception try which Davies converted. The outside half raised his personal tally to 14 points with two more penalties and last season's Play-Off Final runners-up were beaten convincingly 24-6 at home.
Reigning champions Llanelli were pushed to the limit by Llandovery, who at least had the consolation of taking two bonus points out of the game despite losing 44-38. There was a try bonus for Llanelli for the second week running as they racked up five to the visitors' four and Jordan Williams converted them all and added three penalties for a 19 point match tally.
There were even more tries at St Helen's, 11 all-tolled, as Swansea triumphed over a persistent Bedwas side that recovered from a 39-7 half-time deficit before going down 47-33. The visitors' at least had the satisfaction of winning the second half, 26-8, and grabbed a try bonus with four more touchdowns.
Back row man Simon Grainger crossed twice in four minutes to cut the gap to 11 points at one stage in the second half, but the boot of Wales Under 18 outside half Sam Davies proved crucial as he kicked 14 points with four conversions and two penalties.
Both Neath and Bridgend picked up bonus point wins on home soil, Neath beating Carmarthen Quins 45-5 and Bridgend notching their first win since returning to the top-flight with a five try, 45-27 triumph over Newport, while Pontypool skipper Geraint Morris led from the front as he crossed for the second successive weekend to spearhead his team to a 26-16 home win over Tonmawr.
Cross Keys put a poor first half behind them at Cardiff Arms Park to strike back and take a bonus point in their 32-24 victory over Cardiff. The home side were 18-'12 ahead at the break thanks to two tries in as many minutes from Luke Hamilton and Sion Morris, but three second half tries without response set Keys on the road to a notable win.
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'.