Strugglers Pontypool put in an inspired first-half performance to blow away Bedwas and claim a 44-29 victory in the Principality Premiership on Saturday.
Pooler crossed the line five times in the first half thanks to some high-tempo running rugby. Wing Gareth Williams opened the scoring, finishing off an impressive backs move. Cae Trayhern gave a flanker's master class in support play to go over after 16 minutes, before Bedwas hit back with a Luke Dyckoff try. However Pooler again picked up the tempo, and scored tries through Chris Macey, Geraint Morris and Gareth Williams. Tom Hancock converted all five tries and added a penalty to go in at halftime with a 38-10 lead.
Bedwas fought back with tries from Andrew McLaughlin and Adam Williams while they were also rewarded with a penalty try, to seal their own try-scoring bonus-point.But Tom Hancock added two further penalties to seal an emphatic win.
Second placed Swansea got back to winning ways to keep up the pressure on Neath after a 37-15 over Pontypridd at St Helen's. A red-card after 10 minutes to Pontypridd prop, Stuart Williams, shaped the game and the All Whites ran in five tries. Fly half James Dixon opened the scoring after ghosting past two tackles. Sam Kiley and Ricky Williams also scored tries for the hosts to give them a 37-15 half-time lead.
Pontypridd recuperated at halftime and soon scored their first try of the game, when Chris Clayton raced clear but David Blyth put the game to bed with a well-worked try. Ponty then hit back with a consolation try through Ryan Harford before second-row Richard Kelly scored the try of the game to top of a fantastic performance by the All Whites.
League leaders, Neath, made it two wins in a week with a 27-10 win at Pandy Park. Two tries each from centre Gareth King and wing Kevin James secured the bonus-point for the visitors, and Gareth McCarthy contributed with seven points from the boot. Cross Keys' only try came through Marcus Johnstone while fullback Gareth David added five points.
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'.