Pontypridd secured a much needed first win of the season with a 21-16
victory over Newport.
And there was a further boost for the Sardis Road crew as Neil Jenkins made
his first appearance for the club after three years away.
Tries from Ceri Sweeney and John Bryant secured the victory for Ponty, with
Nathan Palmer scoring on his debut for the Black and Ambers.
Bridgend are proving the surprise package of the Celtic League, and go into the third week of the competition as one of only two unbeaten Welsh teams.
The Ravens today took Borders apart in a comfortable 41-9 win which proved last weekend's shock victory over Newport was no fluke.
Winger Craig Warlow kicked 16 points as Bridgend proved too good in all
departments, earning a bonus point for scoring four tries.
Young flanker Corey Harris had a superb game, and the club's major summer
signing Andy Moore proved excellent value in the second row.
Kevin Utterson kept Borders in touch early with three penalty goals, but the
newest rugby club in Europe were simply outclassed in their first visit to
Llanelli were given a surprisingly tough time before winning 43-34 at
Caerphilly, despite bagging a bonus point for four tries inside 30 minutes.
Scarlets winger Mark Jones is in great touch, and had two tries inside the
opening 10 minutes today.
National captain Scott Quinnell was in dominant form for Llanelli but a brave
Caerphilly refused to lie down, and their cause was helped when Scarlets coach Gareth Jenkins dragged Quinnell and Stephen Jones off at the break.
An intercepted try to winger Holo Taufahema midway through the second half gave the Virginia Park hopeful a glimmer of hope, but the class of the
visitors told in the end.
Caerphilly thoroughly deserved their bonus point for four tries, and would
have had a second for finishing within seven points if Luke Richards' last-
second conversion had flown true.
On Friday night, the all-conquering Irish sides suffered mixed fortunes.
Connacht beat Cardiff and Munster thumped Ebbw Vale, but Leinster fell to
their first loss in 12 Celtic League matches - losing away to Glasgow - and
Edinburgh snatched a one-point win over Ulster in Belfast.
In the all-Welsh affair, Neath beat Swansea 20-16 in the rain.
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.