In a surprising day of Premier rugby, the top two clubs both lost. Leaders Neath fell 26-13 at Carmarthen in a match that the Quins always led, while Llanelli failed to take advantage of Neath's slip by also losing 26-13, at Newport. The Quins outscored Neath 3-1 on tries, including a 99th in league rugby for centre Emyr Jones, while teenage scrum halves Alex Walker of Newport and Lee Williams of Llanelli both scored tries at Rodney Parade.
Cross Keys remain in third after a dour 22-10 encounter with Caerphilly in which Gethin Worgan kicked 17 points, but was a match of yellow cards. Swansea came from behind to defeat Aberavon 32-26 with Luke Richards placing eight goals and though the Wizards scored 3-2 on tries, they still have not won at St Helen's since 1990. Ebbw Vale were routed 38-17 by Llandovery, for whom Adam Jones of the Scarlets had a big match and Gareth morgan landed seven goal attempts. Pontypool won an important battle in the bottom half, getting home 20-15 at Llanharan, despite a 3-2 try-count in favour of the Dairymen.
Bedwas turned aside bottom club Newbridge by 31-23 with fly half Andrew James leading the way with two conversions and four penalty goals.
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.