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.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.