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.
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.
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