Llanelli beat North Wales 28-22 on Sunday in the Women's Super League to secure their place at the top of the table. Welsh International Kylie Wilson scored two of the North Wales tries but Non Evans scored a hat trick, her second of the tournament, to give the Scarlets victory.
Pontypridd had a point to prove against Swansea after losing their last two games in the closing minutes. Winger Claire Flowers scored two of the nine Pontypridd tries. Welsh internationals Amy Broadstock, Gemma Allan and Jamie Kift all had good games, as did the promising youngster Gemma Williams who scored her first try of the tournament.
Michaela Reed scored Swansea's only points with the final score 53-5 to Pontypridd.
Newport played host to UWIC at Blackwood RFC. UWIC started strongly pressing the Newport line for the first twenty minutes but Newport defended well and it wasn't until injury time in the first half that UWIC finally broke through allowing Prop Jenny Davies over the line. Scrum Half Kerry Jenkins converted giving the University side a 7-0 lead at the break.
Newport started the second half confidently, attacking the UWIC line but a forward pass to full back Helena Parfitt denied Newport the equaliser. However, Louise Rickard soon evened the scores with a lovely try under the UWIC posts. Fly half Vicki Jennings converted.
With twenty minutes remaining UWIC's fly half Naomi Thomas scored a run away try when UWIC capitalised on a mistake by the Newport winger. It was an easy conversion for Kerry Jenkins. UWIC looked set to run away with the game after Sara Wheldon scored their third but Newport managed to contain them. Some poor passing squandered Newport chances and the game finished 7-19. Newport have not won a game in the League this season. They travel to Swansea next week, who are also looking for their first victory after losing to Pontypridd.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.