At the top of Courage League Two, West Hartlepool spurned a chance to guarantee promotion when they crashed to a 23-13 home defeat by Nottingham, and second-placed Sale failed to take advantage, going down 16-13 to Moseley.
Unluckiest club of the day in Wales were relegation- threatened Pontypool, whose defiance of Cardiff ended with a 16-17 defeat. The ex-Cardiff star Mark Ring collected all 16 points only to see Mike Rayer kick an injury-time penalty to sink his team. Neath ran in seven tries as they stormed to a
47-20 win over Newbridge.
Third-placed Pontypridd also won but only after a shock from the bottom club, Cross Keys. The visiting Keys led 5-3 at half-time but Pontypridd got their act together in the second half to win 25-5 with three tries. Fellow strugglers Dunvant conceded five tries to Llanelli as they went down 27-20, while Bridgend beat Aberavon 59-20 in a 10-try spectacular.Reuse content