Mountain Ash closed the gap on Swalec Division Two East leaders Gilfach Goch thanks to a 38-10 triumph over third-placed Treorchy, while the league leaders suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Rhydyfelin.
Scrum -half Meiron Thomas crossed twice for tries while back-row duo Scott Davies and Chris Edmonds also touched down for Mountain Ash to secure a well earned victory. There was more good news for the men from Duffryn Pennar Parc when Rhydyfelin sprung a surprise on the league leaders, with a 25-21 victory. Mark Palmer, Lee Scarfe and David Gratton all scored tries for Rhydyfelin, while Gareth Walters scored the solitary try for the hosts.
Elsewhere there was basement battle between eleventh placed Newport Saracens and twelfth-placed Garndiffaith. The Saracens came out on top and ran in seven tries in a 47-12 victory. Blindside flanker, Carl Townsend, was a constant threat and stormed over for a hat-trick of tries. Townsend was joined on the scoreboard by Dale Leith, who grabbed his own brace, Tom Piper and Lewis Culverwell.
In Division Three East Abergavenny continued their march towards promotion with a 36-8 win over Tredegar Ironsides, William Harris, Stephen Evans and Gareth Carney among the scorers at Bailey Park.
Fleur De Lys also maintained their impressive run of form and keep the pressure on the league leaders thanks to 41-20, six try romp over Nelson. Scrum half Daniel Cook, no.8 Lee Taylor, wing Jamie Henthorn and centre due Ieuan Morris and Brett Green and crossed for tries.
There was a top-of-the-table battle in Division Four East where second-placed Talywain travelled to top side Abertillery BG. Talywain came out on top and sealed a hard-fought 15-13 victory. The visitors raced into a 12-3 half-time and held on for victory despite a second-half Aled Penn try for the hosts.
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.