Jenkins on point duty: Rugby Union

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Neil Jenkins warmed up for Saturday's international against England with an 18-point haul as Pontypridd thrashed Dunvant 48-6 to go four points clear at the top of the Welsh First Division.

Cardiff's Mark Bennett and Andy Gregory of Newbridge were sent off after a punch-up at the Arms Park. The home side won 45-20 to stay third but Bridgend fell out of the top four when they lost 30-22 at Neath after leading 22-16 with three minutes left. David Evans, the former Wales back, supplied 22 points as Treorchy beat Caerphilly 32-15.

Simon Mason contributed 17 points as Richmond maintained their four-point lead in Courage League Two with a 37-18 victory over neighbours London Scottish. Bedford stay second thanks to their 38-6 win over Waterloo but third-placed Coventry ran in 12 tries to beat Blackheath 74-10. The Scotland flanker Ian Smith needed stitches in his head during Moseley's 34-11 win over Rugby but he should be fit to face France in Paris on Saturday.

Wasps, with the Scotland wing Kenny Logan making his debut, will return to the top of League One today if they beat improving Gloucester at Loftus Road. Saracens will rest Michael Lynagh when they entertain relegation- threatened Bristol at Enfield while Northampton, still awaiting their first away league win of the season, visit Sale.

Cumbria and Somerset will contest the CIS County Championship final at Twickenham on 19 April. In the semi-finals, Cumbria upset Cornwall 38- 24 while Somerset shaded Northumberland 16-10. Melrose won 37-22 at Currie to become the first Scottish champions with a 100 per cent record. Shannon are two points clear in pursuit of a third successive Irish league title after beating Old Belvedere 51-15.

In the Super 12, Gavin Lawless scored 50 points as Natal hammered Otago 75-43 in Durban. Northern Transvaal beat Queensland 14-3 in Pretoria and New South Wales lost 33-26 to Waikato in Sydney. Chester Williams, a member of South Africa's World Cup winning team, faces another year out after tearing cruciate ligaments in his left knee. "They say lightning doesn't strike twice but it does," said the 26-year-old wing who missed last season with a similar injury to his right knee.

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