PONTYPRIDD 59 EDINBURGH 27
Pontypridd received the perfect boost ahead of their two-pronged cup assault
with a nine try drubbing of Edinburgh.
The valley commandos face Llanelli in Saturday's Principality Cup final before a date with Sale Sharks in the PARKER PEN SHIELD European final.
But all attentions were fixed towards finishing their Welsh/Scottish League
campaign on a high note infront of their home fans.
Gareth Wyatt got the ball rolling after just 30 seconds for the first of his two tries after running the Edinburgh defence ragged with a glittering burst.
That opened the floodgates for an avalanche of tries with Sonny Parker and
Ceri Sweeney bagging two a piece.
Brett Davey, who was in lethal kicking mood, also helped himself to a try on the way to a 19-point haul before Gareth Baber leapt from the bench to get in on the act.
A demoralised Scottish side notched four tries thanks to a double from
Kevin Utterson and scores from Craig Smith and Steve Scott.
Pontypridd: Tries: Gareth Wyatt 2, Ceri Sweeney 2, Sonny Parker 2, Sean James, Brett Davey, Gareth Baber; Cons: Brett Davey 7.
Edinburgh: Tries: Kevin Utterson 2, Steve Scott, Craig Smith; Cons: Duncan Hodge 2; Pen: Duncan Hodge
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series