Swansea threw down the gauntlet to the chasing pack with another impressive performance in the Principality Premiership on Saturday with a commanding 53-19 rout of Llanelli at St Helen's.
Richard Webster's league leaders ran out convincing victors, racing over for seven tries where full-back Nicky Thomas and young tom Prydie stood out with a hat-trick and brace respectively. Further tries come via Chris Shelmerdine and Gareth Owen, who also added two penalties and six conversions.
A beaming Webster, said: "The backs at the moment are firing on all cylinders, so if we can keep giving the likes of Nicky Thomas and Tom Prydie ball, who knows what can happen?"
Aberavon turned up the heat in the second half to rack up 30 points without reply to crush Bedwas 44-18.
The visitors gave a good account of themselves in the first spell with Gethin Worgan's boot and Nathan Hill and Lee Pearson touchdowns giving them a 9-18 lead but despite being hit by injuries, the Wizards were magical in the second half to completely dominate proceedings.
Jamie Davies's boot and tries by Chris Morgans (2), Luke Hathaway (2) and Marc Bennett put the issue beyond doubt.
Neath made hard work of disposing of lowly Pontypool. The Welsh All Blacks made 12 changes to their squad from the side that triumphed 25-22 the previous week at Carmarthen Quins.
Pooler led 17-12 at the break and if it wasn't for the wise old heads like Steve Tandy and Arwel Thomas, Neath may have been looking at a shock defeat.
Kristian Phillips looks to be regaining his sharpness and he sped over for two tries to take his tally to four in two games.
The introduction of Thomas from the bench in the 62nd minute seemed to wake Neath from their slumber and his scoring pass to Tandy put Neath 20-17 in front. A penalty try and touchdowns by replacement scrum-half Kevin Farrell and Phillips then eased Neath clear.
Llandovery just edged out Carmarthen 24-23 while on Friday evening Pontypridd won 28-3 at Ebbw Vale and Glamorgan Wanderers defeated Newport 25-19.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.