SWALEC Cup holders Neath survived a mighty scare in their quarter-final with Cross Keys in Saturday's match at Pandy Park.
The cliché "a game of two halves" would aptly describe proceedings between Cross Keys and Neath.
Neath had stormed to a 29-5 half-time lead, scoring four tries, before Cross Keys ran in four of their own in the second period.
But Neath had done just enough, and the game ended with them 32-31 winners. That earned then semi-final tie against local rivals Swansea.
The Welsh All-Blacks ran in their first three tries - from second row Neil Edwards, winger David Evans and centre Luke Ford - within the first 20 minutes. Winger Kevin James added Neath's four try on the half-hour, before Cross Keys flanker Rhys Peebles pulled a one back just five minutes later.
But after the break, the Keys ran in four tries in the last ten minutes. Two tries came from winger Will Johnstone and with one each for replacements Stephen Woodward and James Egan. But it was not enough as Neath held on to secure the narrowest of victories.
Aberavon secured their passage into the semi-finals of the SWALEC Cup with a hard-fought 20-10 win over Newport, who crashed out at the quarter-final stage for the fourth time in five years. Aberavon will now face Llanelli in the semi-finals in three weeks time.
The away side dominated the opening exchanges and were unlucky not to score when captain Andrew Coombs lost control of the ball just yards from the line.
Aberavon absorbed the pressure and scored a breakaway try after 29 minutes when Chris Morgan ran half the length of the pitch and slipped a pass for Richard Thomas to run over.
Aberavon's defence resisted a Newport comeback and when wing Richard Carter went over despite a strong Martyn Thomas tackle the game was all but over.
Carter added insult to injury with his second try seven minutes later, before Tom Riley claimed a last minute consolation for the visitors.
Llanelli beat Glamorgan Wanderers 27-20, but neither a sending-off nor a late Wanderers comeback could stop Llanelli from booking their place in the semi-finals and a clash against Aberavon.
A try in each half for the Parc y Scarlets club was enough, with hooker Craig Hawkins going over with the first try in the 20th minute.
Straight from the restart, Glamorgan flanker Sam Warburton went up the other end to grab a try of his own, with the kicking of outside-halves Luke Richards and Scott Sneddon making it 18-13 to Llanelli at half-time.
The visitors then put themselves into the lead as centre Simon Rosser crossed on 45 minutes, before Llanelli full-back Dan Newton restored their advantage ten minutes later. The hosts had second row Dan Godfrey sent off with 12 minutes remaining, and survive a late surge from the Wanderers before Richards kicked a last minute penalty that saw the game end 27-20 in Llanelli's favour.
Swansea booked their place in the semi-finals with a huge 62-3 Win against the last remaining non-Premiership side in the competition.
With little to play for in the league, the three times champions will be relishing their semi-final with holders Neath.
Caerphilly, of division one east, matched their lofty opponents in the first twenty minutes, and held the lead after Codi Rees's fifth minute penalty.
The floodgates opened after 24 minutes when centre Micky Thomas ran over the line and three tries in ten minutes from Andrew Joy, Tim Evans, and Sam Kiely put the home side 22-3 up at half-time.
Caerphilly regained their defensive shape at the start of the second-half, but two tries either side of the hour mark from centre Mark Popham put the result beyond any doubt. Late scores from the superb Richard Kelly and Lee Bevan completed the rout.
James Dixon played a major part in the scoring with a personal haul of 15 points from six conversions and a penalty.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
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.