Leigh Halfpenny hammered over a penalty from half-way
Cardiff Blues marched to the top of the Magners League with their fourth win in five outings at a rain-soaked Cardiff City Stadium.
Their 22-6 victory over Connacht allowed them to leapfrog unbeaten Munster, who play on Saturday night, and give themselves the perfect boost before heading into the Heineken Cup next week.
The game only had one try, but what a try it was. Back to full fitness, former All Blacks centre Casey Laulala dummied his way through the first line of defence before sidestepping the final defender before racing to the posts.
"It wasn't a great performance, and we aren't playing that well, but we came out of it with a win. That's the most important thing," said Laulala after the game.
Dan Parks chipped in with another drop goal among his 14 points contribution and there was also a monster penalty from the siege-gun boot of Leigh Halfpenny to steer the Blues home in front of a Thursday night crowd of more than 11,000.
Connacht outside half Ian Keatley got the scoreboard moving with a fifth minute penalty and he added another before the break to leave his side trailing 16-6. As the rain poured down in the second half, so the error count rose and further points became hard to come by.
But two long range penalties from Parks and Halfpenny edged the home side further ahead and moved them to the top of the table - at least for a few days.
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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