The bad weather hit this week's SWALEC Championship fixtures with only three games going ahead.
Tata Steel tightened their grip on fourth place with a hard fought win at home against Bonymaen. The visitors were abrasive and plucky throughout, but were outscored by three tries to nil, to go down 15-6. Impressive scrum-half Martin Luckwell opened the scoring for Tata. Lock Ben Davis crashed over to top off a strong performance, while flanker Rob Hill's five-pointer completed the scoring for the hosts. Bonymaen's points came from the boot of Robert Cunliffe.
Llanharan suffered a shock 19-10 defeat at home to basement battlers Pontypool. Flanker James Benjamin was the hero for Ponty as he slid over for two vital scores. Prop Sam Cook also trundled over the whitewash with Clayton Gullis converting two of the three tries. It was only Ponty's second victory of the season. Defeat for the home team has dealt their hopes of a fifth place finish a severe blow. Tries from Nathan Huish and Tom Piper failed to turn the tide. Llanharan are seventh with Ponty second from bottom.
Bridgend Athletic turned over high-flying Narberth in a 15-14 nail biter. Narberth's two tries were not enough to halt the clinical home side. Narberth remain fifth and are five points behind Tata in fourth. Bridgend remain ninth but have closed the gap on eighth placed Beddau, to two points.
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.
This week we celebrate the contribution of the Millennium Stadium to Wales in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis and stadium manager Mark Williams. Warren Gatland, Sam Warburton, George North, Mike Phillips and Ryan Bevington reflect. Scarlets coach Simon Easterby and Blues captain Sam Hobbs look ahead to the Heineken Cup, while former Wales Sevens player James Harris is getting ready for his second Oxford Blue when they take on Cambridge in this year's Varsity Match.
The dates and kick-off times for Wales Women's three home matches against Italy, France and Scotland in the 2014 Six Nations have been confirmed with all three taking place at Aberavon's Talbot Athletic Ground.
Defending champions Ospreys struggled to secure victory against the Scarlets while the Blues overcame the Dragons in the opening round of the WRU Women's Regional Championship held at Llandarcy on Sunday.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was an interested observer at last weekend's festival of rugby held at Cardiff Arms Park. He looks ahead to the regional and international season with Graeme Gillespie.