Ebbw Vale took a significant step towards the Swalec Division One East title after thrashing Merthyr while second-placed Bargoed fell to a home defeat.
The Steelmen, who had not played in the league for almost three weeks, showed no signs of rustiness as they racked up 10 tries in a spectacular 68-8 win at Eugene Cross Park. They moved seven points clear of Bargoed - and still have a game in hand.
Ebbw scored five tries in each half as they notched up the highest score in the division this season. Joe Simpson, Tom Ashmead, Dai Jones and Wes Cunliffe grabbed a brace apiece, while Dorian Jones - who crossed for a try himself - produced a near perfect kicking display.
Meanwhile, Bargoed slipped to a disappointing 16-14 home defeat to third-placed Newbridge at Bargoed Park. Tries from the visitors' Mark Edwards and Andrew Quick along with a pair of penalties from Neil Burnett were enough to condemn the hosts to their fourth defeat this season, and the first at Bargoed Park.
A touchdown for Gareth Davies and three penalties from Matthew Hurley proved to be only consolations for the home side.
Beddau triumphed in the mid-table battle for superiority as they ground out a 26-21 win over Blackwood at Mount Pleasant Park. The Green and Golds also picked up a try-scoring bonus point, after tries from Stephen Robinson, Bradley Coombes, Ieaun Coombes and Glenn Slater secured their side's second win of the season over the visitors, following their 14-5 win at Glan yr Afon Park in October.
Beddau also move to within a point of fifth-placed Treorchy after the Zebras' 24-20 loss at the lowly Glamorgan Wanderers. A double for Wanderers centre Charlie Johnson made the difference at the Memorial Ground, and despite two late tries for Treorchy, there was no way back into the game.
Elsewhere, Mountain Ash and Rumney played out a 12-12 draw at Duffryn Pennar Parc, while Gilfach Goch condemned basement side Tredegar to yet another defeat, as they ran out easy 41-7 winners at Welfare Park.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.