On Wednesday, the All Whites' 15-0 defeat of Neath, still their closest challengers, was euphorically received. It gave them a three-point cushion with four games to play so even if Pontypridd, who are third, win at Swansea on 9 April someone else, most likely Cardiff three weeks later, will have at least to take another point from the leaders. And even that may not suffice.
As it happens, a Pontypridd win at St Helen's is entirely possible. Ponty it was who put Swansea out of the cup, a helpful stimulus to the Whites' First Division campaign one would have thought, and Neil Jenkins and company are Welsh rugby's form team. Home victory over Cross Keys today is a formality.
A Swansea win is less straightforward at Newport, who now have the Canadian Gareth Rees installed as their outside-half. Not the least impressive feature of the White-wash of Neath was that they played so well without the injured Aled Williams, their own stand-off playmaker, but it would be expecting a lot for that type of performance to be constantly repeated in his certain absence for the rest of the season. Neath, meanwhile, face Newbridge at The Gnoll - a match they dare not, but might, lose.Reuse content