There were just two games in the Principality Premiership last Saturday due to the SWALEC Cup quarter-finals.
Cardiff stole a march on their Welsh Premiership rivals in Swalec Cup action with a vital 13-20 away triumph at Bridgend.
Gareth Chapman and Gareth Davies crossed in either half to fire Cardiff into second place behind leaders Llanelli.
With Newport and Neath on cup duty, the title chasers struggled to captialise and trailed 8-7 at the interval at Brewery Field.
But Davies' 44th minute touchdown eased their fears as the star fly-half impressed with a 15-point haul.
Lowly-placed Bridgend had taken a shock lead when centre Gareth Howells opened the scoring for the hosts.
Howells added a penalty before centre Chapman reduced the deficit to one point with his converted try on the half hour mark.
Davies added the crucial try after the interval but Bridgend wing Chris Weightman scored in the 55th minute to keep the hosts in the hunt. But Davies added two further penalties to seal victory.
Nathan Strong's double steered Pontypridd to a convincing win 51-12 in the mid-table battle over Ebbw Vale. Number eight Strong scored twice in the second half as the hosts run riot in a nine-try rout at Sardis Road.
Sam Hobbs, Kristian Baller, Gareth McCarthy, Leighton Davies, Rhys Lloyd, Grant Harrington and Owen Williams also crossed as put the visitors to the sword.
Ebbw Vale had taken a surprise lead when hooker Richard Wilkes touched down but Pontypridd hit back through Hobbs, Baller and McCarthy for a well-deserved 17-5 half-time lead. But the hosts put their foot on the accelerator after the break with half a dozen scores to kill off the contest.
Strong got in on the act after try number four and five by Davies and Lloyd and although Ebbw Vale flanker Simon Pengelly briefly halted the one-way traffic, Harrington and Williams completed a job well done.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.