Blackwood opened up the title race in Division One East after edging their top of the table clash with Newbridge.
The Red, Black and Ambers toppled the league leaders at the Welfare Ground after tries from David Briggs and David James clinched a dramatic 12-8 victory.
The Newbridge advantage at the top of the table is cut to just three points and Blackwood's Lyn Hall believes the victory has opened up the division.
"This could be the catalyst for us to push on and to see what the season now holds for us" said Hall.
Leading the chase behind the top two are now Caerphilly, who capitalised on Merthyr's slip-up at Bargoed to take third place following their 22-12 victory over Ystrad Rhondda 22-12. Paul Adams and Stefan Sankala were try scorers for the Cheesemen.
Merthyr fell to fifth in the table after losing at Bargoed, who leapt above their visitors thanks to tries from Matthew Hutcheon and Geraint Hodges.
It took a last-minute try from Andrew Carlson for Rumney to break the deadlock in a tightly-fought 5-0 win over Newport Saracens, while the students of UWIC had no such problems scoring three tries in a 30-0 win at Beddau.
Carmarthen Quins had no trouble in keeping their 100 per cent record in Division One West when they hosted Dunvant.
Tries from Gavin Evans, Andrew Thomas, Alun Davies and two from Jamie Davies saw the visitors routed 27-0.
Quins picked up their sixth bonus point of the season, extending their lead at the top to 19 points.
With Tonmawr in Swalec Cup action, Narberth moved into second spot as captain Steve Martin scored two tries in their 26-15 win at Cwmllynfell.
Corus leapt above Carmarthen Athletic into fourth after beating them 34-15, Maesteg defeated Bonymaen 28-15 and Whitland saw off Felinfoel 18-12.
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.
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