Llanelli may come to rue the fact they couldn't pick up a try bonus point against Bridgend in their 28-27 Principality Premiership victory at Parc y Scarlets yesterday.
With Cardiff breathing down their necks as the title race reaches its climax, Llanelli raced out to a 21-6 lead at the break but the Ravens scored 21 points in the second half to deny the pace setters a valuable bonus point. Llanelli are now just two points clear at the top of the table, but Cardiff have a game in hand.
Nick Jones and Nick Reynolds scored first half tries for Llanelli with Matthew Brayley squeezing over early in the second before Bridgend hit back through Dan Connolly, Phil Price and Grant Epton.
Pontypool gave themselves a lifeline in their bid for survival with a thrilling 47-26 win over fellow strugglers Cross Keys.
Early tries from Dai Treharn and Matthew Thomas got the home side off to the perfect start before Dan Grevelt's try on the stroke of half-time put Ponty into a commanding 23-6 half-time lead.
Second-half tries from Nathan Trowbridge and Gareth Maule gave the visitors a way back into the game with the Pontypool looking rattled. But a second try from Grevelt, followed quickly by Dan Robertson restored Ponty's cushion.
James Leadbeater and Geraint O'Driscoll exchanged tries late on, with O'Driscoll's subsequent conversion taking his personal tally up to 22 points.
James Arlidge grabbed 24 points as Newport recorded a 39-6 victory over Glamorgan Wanderers.
The New Zealand-born Japan international converted Mike Poole's early try, before scoring a try of his before adding a penalty to put his side 15-6 in front going into the interval.
In the second half Arlidge slotted a second penalty before converting a Nathan Williams try. Arlidge then got his second try of the afternoon before Scot Williams completed the rout.
Neath's hopes of regaining the Premiership title look all but over after a shock 15-20 defeat at home to Ebbw Vale.
Ieuan Coombes and Andrew Williams scored first half tries with the latter adding two conversions before Neath gave themselves a ray of hope before half-time when Stephen Thomas crossed the line to cut the lead to 14-5.
Two penalties from Williams dampened any hopes of a Neath comeback, and it was a case of too little too late when Howard Thomas' converted try was followed by a Matty James penalty to bring the home side to within five points late on.
Bedwas eased their relegation fears with their biggest win of the year (11-34) over fellow strugglers Llandovery.
Matthew Harbut drove over and two penalties by Tomas Marks saw the Drovers hit the lead but two late first-half tries gave Bedwas the half-time advantage, with Hwyel Jenkins and Simon Jones both going over.
Second half tries by Matthew Pizey and Jones saw Bedwas take a bonus point.
Cardiff maintained their title challenge with a five-try, 33-22 victory over arch rivals Swansea.
The Blue and Blacks ran in four tries in the first half alone at they lead 26-8 at the break. Damian Welch went over after just seven minutes before fellow flanker David Blyth repeated the feat for the visitors three minutes later.
Then Cardiff crossed three times in 12 minutes through Nathan Rees, Craig Everett and Adam Powell to establish a healthy advantage. A penalty try ten minutes into the second half, added to four conversions by outside-half Gareth Davies, meant Cardiff extended their lead to 33-8.
But they had to withstand a late Swansea fightback, with replacement Richard Payne and full-back Nicky Thomas, who converted both tries, touching down on 65 and 72 minutes respectively.
Jamie Davies produced some magical kicking to help Aberavon conjure up a 22-17 win against Pontypridd.
The Wizards outside-half slotted over five penalties and a conversion to see his side grab the win.
Lewis Williams gave Ponty an early lead through his third minute try, before Richard Thomas went over with Davies kicking to level the scores a 7-7.
Nathan Strong's try re-established Ponty's lead on 28 minutes but two penalties from Davies gave Aberavon a one point lead at half-time.
Williams crossed a second time for 14-man Pontypridd on 50 minutes, before the game swung in the hosts favour on 68 minutes. Grant Harrington's yellow card allowed Davies to kick his side into the lead, and he kicked once more in the final minute as Aberavon ran out victors.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event