Cardiff Blues wrapped up a winning weekend for Welsh rugby by beating Newcastle Falcons six-try 45-24 in the LV= Cup on Sunday. It means Dai Young's team move to the top of Pool 3 and keep on course for a semi-final spot.
Nigel Davies' Scarlets are in a similar position. They top Group 2 after leaving Adams Park with an impressive 18-13 win over Wasps mean are in line for a semi-final place.
The same cannot be said for the Ospreys who were roundly beaten by the Dragons. The west Wales region are bottom of Group 1 with no hope of making the final four.
The Dragons' 40-19 win puts them in second place in Group 4 and they must hope Northampton Saints slip up against Leicester Tigers next weekend or their competition is over.
Both sides scored three tries but the match was won via the boot. Dragons fly half Jason Tovey was responsible for 25 of the points his side scored, via seven penalties and two conversions.
But defending champions, the Cardiff Blues demonstrated their strength in depth by recording an impressive six-try win over the Falcons - their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents.
The home side ran in tries through the much-criticised Sam Norton-Knight (2), Ma'ama Molitika, Richard Mustoe, Ceri Sweeney and Ben White as they moved to the top of Pool Three. Hooker Alex Walker grabbed a hat-trick of scores for the visitors with replacement Rob Vickers adding a fourth to give the Falcons a bonus point.
Both teams attempted to play an expansive game, with the Falcons spurning kicks for goal as Director of Rugby Steve Bates gave his youth some experience of rugby at the top level.
But the Blues, whose starting line-up showed fifteen changes from the side which won at Harlequins in the Heineken Cup, proved too strong and romped to victory.
On Saturday, at Adams Park six penalties from Rhys Priestland were enough to see the Scarlets home. The fly-half landed all-but one of his attempts at goal to help the Magners League side secure a third straight success in the Anglo-Welsh event.
Wasps managed the only two tries of the game through Tom Varndell but a poor kicking display from Dave Walder cost them dear in the final reckoning.
The fly-half landed just one of his five efforts at the posts, including two penalty attempts in a second half that the hosts completely dominated but could not close out.
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'.