At The Gnoll, Neath closed the gap on Swansea at the top of the table by beating Newport. Newport have a great chunk of their squad injured, and Neath took advantage with a 28-17 victory, which must have seemed all the sweeter with the news of Swansea's defeat. Dunvant suffered a fifth successive loss, going down narrowly 8-6 at home to Cardiff. Pontypridd's emphatic 43-18 win over Newbridge keeps them in touch with the leaders. Pontypool improved their prospects by narrowly defeating Bridgend
29-23: Bridgend were handicapped when their No 8, Nathan Jones, was sent off for punching after 28 minutes. Aberavon beat the bottom club Cross Keys 15-12.
In the Courage National League Two's big game, Sale moved to within two points of West Hartlepool at the top with a stylish 28-12 win at Heywood Road. The ex-Wales outside half Paul Turner was Sale's star, kicking three penalties and making a second-half try for the scrum-half Mark Warr.Reuse content