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).
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.