Newport's Alex Jones charges into the Exeter defence.
Newport launched their British and Irish Cup campaign in emphatic fashion with a convincing 21-14 victory over English Championship leaders Exeter at Rodney Parade.
The Black and Ambers condemned The Chiefs to their first defeat of the season with winger Gareth Wyatt grabbing two tries in the opening period to put Newport on their way.
The home side led 18-0 at the break thanks to Wyatt and the boot of Chris Wannell. But a rearguard effort by the Chiefs saw No 8 Michael Stupple barge over before winger Nic Sesteret raced over late on but Newport repelled everything the Chiefs could throw at them to hold on.
Aberavon had to come from behind to fend off the challenge of Llanelli with a hard earned 16-19 victory.
Llanelli opened the scoring with a penalty by outside-half Dan Newton after just three minutes before stretching their lead on 17 minutes through a Dale Ford converted try.
Matthew Jarvis reduced the gap with two penalties before Newton took Llanelli out to a 13-6 half-time lead with another penalty.
But in the second half Aberavon hit back with 13 unanswered with a third Jarvis penalty which was followed by a converted try for David Pritchard. Jarvis and Newton swapped penalties again, but the Wizards held out.
Cardiff won 22-16 at the Arms Park over derby rivals Pontypridd in an intense affair. Ponty had a slender 3-0 lead at the break but a converted try by Kristian Baller and the boot of Gareth Davies edged the home side in front.
Earlier Ryan Howells raced over after intercepting 60m out and he completed the victory for the Blue & Blacks when outflanking the Ponty defence late on.
Neath stumbled to an 11-18 defeat against Bristol at the Gnoll where the visitors outscored the home side two tries to one.
For the English side, Ian Grieve and Sam Alford touched down with Neath's only response coming from Kevin Farrell.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.