Neath just edged their way through to the Fifth Round of the Konica Minolta Cup after a dog-fight at Llandovery, winning by a single point 20-19, after having led by 10-9 at the interval.Two tries from centre John Leyshon and ten points from the boot of outside half Matthew Jones - a former Llandovery College pupil - gave Neath the win, while the exciting Wales under-21 wing Ifan Evans crossed for Llandovery after a kick and chase to the corner and Ricky Williams landed the conversion and four penalty goals.Newport brushed aside Bridgend Athletic at Rodney Parade as the wet weather decimated the fourth round of the WRU's Challenge Cup.Ten of the 32 ties were called off, including matches involving Premier sides Bedwas, Caerphilly, Cross Keys, Carmarthen Quins, Pontypool and Swansea, while Seven Sisters scratched after failing to field a team at Llanharan.Newport stormed to a 31-3 lead at half-time against their Division Two West rivals, Bridgend Athletic, but eased off in the second half to cruise to a 48-3 victory. Centre Rhys Shorney scored a try in each half as the Black and Ambers ran in eight, but fly half Dan Griffiths converted only four.Cup kings and defending champions Llanelli had too many guns for Division Three club Brecon, winning 30-0 as Wales international Mike Phillips scored two tries and fly-half Ceiron Thomas kicked 10 points. The home side included two New Zealanders in the pack, while Llanelli No 8 Gavin Quinnellwas sin-binned.It was one-way traffic for the other Premier sides in action.Pontypridd returned from Dinas Powys with a 33-3 victory, Bridgend mauled Brynithel 65-0, Newbridge beat Llandaff North 52-0 and Ebbw Vale accounted for Old Illtydians 18-0. On Friday, Aberavon hammered Merthyr 43-13.Rhymney celebrated lock Glen Williams' 500th game for the club with acome-from-behind 16-12 victory over gritty North Walians Denbigh, while Division Two front-runners Dunvant surprisingly fell 13-14 at Division Three club Nantyffyllon.In another upset, 10 points from goal-kicker Huw Evans took Division Two club Newcastle Emlyn to a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Division One side UWIC,Gavin Davey, younger brother of Brett, scored the winning try as Beddau just edged out Pontycymmer 17-13, while the derby at Mountain Ash saw around 3,000 watch Abercynon gain the only tries of a 21-6 win as forwards Rhys Shellard and Kevin Cadoganm went over.Results: Aberavon 43 Merthyr 13, Banwen 21 Pontyberem 10, Brecon 0 Llanelli 30, Brynithel 0 Bridgend 65, Corus 33 Nelson 15, Cwmavon 0 Tonyrefail 20,Dinas Powys 3 Pontypridd 33, Ebbw Vale 18 Old Illtydians 0, Felinfoel 34Dolgellau 8, Llandaff North 0 Newbridge 52, Llandovery 19 Neath 20, Llanharan bt Seven Sisters by walkover, Maesteg 33 Cwmllynfell 10, Mountain Ash 6 Abercynon 21, Nantyffyllon 14 Dunvant 13, New Tredegar 12 NewportSaracens 17, Newcastle Emlyn 20 UWIC 12, Newport 48 Bridgend Ath 3, Pontycymmer 13 Beddau 17, Rhymney 16 Denbigh 12, Whitland 64 Llanelli Wands 5.Postponed: Bedwas v Narberth, Blackwood v Senghenydd, Bonymaen v Tonna, Caerphilly v Carmarthen Ath, Cross Keys v Carmarthen Quins, Llangefni v Treherbert, Pencoed v Gorseinon, Pontypool v Nantymoel, Risca v BuilthWells, Ynysddu v Swansea (playing January 10).Playing Sunday: Brynmawr v Cardiff (2.30pm).
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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.