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.
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series