The big freeze has devastated Welsh rugby yet again, with just ten of the 123 games being played in the SWALEC League this weekend. This means just 18 of 246 matches were played during the first two weekends of the New Year.
The game at Croesyceiliog was one of the few games going ahead, and the hosts picked up four more points to push them closer to Garndiffaith at the top of Division Three East. They beat Rhymney 20-3, with tries in either half coming from Gavin Holmes and Scott Copsey. Croesyceiliog now sit seven points behind the leaders. E
Elsewhere Pill Harriers picked up a 25-6 win over bottom club New Tredegar, with Pill pair Craig Lloyd and Ross Palmer both crossing once in either half, scoring four tries for a bonus point between them.
Aberdare lost a fifth straight game in Division Three South East, falling 23-18 at St Peters, who scored three tries through Paul Davis and two from Sean O'Brien. Also in that division Llandaff North beat Penarth 33-24.
St Josephs beat Monmouth 14-10 in Division Four East's only surviving game. Pentyrch hit six tries as they smashed Senghenydd 40-3, with Gareth Ayres crossing twice as his team went top of Division Four South East thanks to their seven league victories
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