With a waterlogged pitch forcing the leaders Pontypridd's game against Neath to be called off, second placed Newport looked to draw level at the top of the Principality Premiership last Saturday.
However a bonus point win eluded them as they grabbed a hard-fought win over Llanelli. Newport tries from Dai Patterson and Adam Frampton were cancelled out by a Jason Howells try for Llanelli and 9 points from the boot of Luke Richards, leaving Newport trailing 14-13 at the break. The game turned after the break, as Newport scored another try through Dai Jones to seal the win, 23-17.
Fourth placed Swansea were looking for a convincing win against lowly Ebbw Vale, but with a home crowd behind them and kicker Nick Wakeley in sparkling form, Vale were still in touch, 7-6 down at half time. Swansea never got going in the second period and Oliver Halford punished them, crossing over to lead his team to a 14-7 win.
Lowly Pontypool put up a stiff resistance at Memorial Park, where Glamorgan Wanderers struggled to overcome the league's bottom side. The teams went in level at 10-10 at the interval, but Lee Highgate scored a late try and the Wanderers held on for the victory.
The basement battle at Pandy Park was won convincingly by Cross Keys against Carmarthen. The boot of Gareth David kept the scoreboard ticking over for Cross Keys and Robert Nash scored the try as the home side triumphed, 25-8.
In the other matches, the weather was victorious; Cardiff's mid-table clash with Aberavon fell foul of the rain, as did the match between Bedwas and Llandovery.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.