Blackwood and Carmarthen Quins are in towering positions on top of SWALEC Division One East and West respectively.
Both teams romped to bonus point victories, helping consolidate their huge leads at the head of the two tables. Blackwood were 40-16 winners over Llanharan, with Ryan Lee running in two of his sides five tries. Luke Knight, Rhys Hallett and David James grabbed the other three as Blackwood went 19 points clear at the top of Division One East.
This came after second-place Newbridge dropped two points in a 27-27 draw with Merthyr, despite scoring the four tries needed for a bonus point. Lenny Woodard, Gary Will and Ken Young were crossed for Newbridge, who also scored a penalty try, but Darren Davies hit a hat-trick to ensure Merthyr gained a draw.
Newport Saracens remain rooted to the bottom after being thrashed 57-14 by UWIC, with Alan Awcock, Ed Tellwright and Matthew John all scoring two each for the eight-try students.
Penalta picked up a losing bonus point as they fell 13-6 at Beddau, Caerphilly ran in five tries to beat Bargoed 43-21 and Ystrad Rhondda won 26-17 away at Rumney.
At the top of Division One West, Carmarthen Quins remain 23 points clear at the top after beating Maesteg 31-3 on the road. Winger Ryan Llewellyn scored in each half, with Andrew Thomas and Gareth Cull adding further tries to earn Quins their 11th bonus point of the season.
Second-place Tonmawr scored nine tries in a 62-3 victory over Felinfoel, Gareth John and Aca Ratuva grabbing two each.
James Pike and Mark Harvey scored two tries each for Corus, who won 31-3 against Dunvant.
Bonymaen won 14-10 at Llangennech, Cwmllynfell were 19-14 victors at Whitland and both sides scored four tries in Narberth's 30-27 win at Carmarthen Athletic.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.