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.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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