Aberavon and Pontypridd remain head to head at the top of the Premiership table, as both enjoyed bonus point home wins to maintain their momentum.
Aberavon powered to an impressive 48pts to 29 victory over reigning champions Llanelli, crossing for six tries in the process. Their opponents notched up four tries to claim a bonus point in defeat.
Pontypridd secured their bonus point with five touchdowns in the 32pts to 17 home win over Pontypool, enough to keep them in second place in the table, trailing Aberavon on points difference only.
High scoring encounters seemed to be in vogue, with the Swansea versus Neath tie at St Helens being a prime example. The visitors were set to claim the spoils as they notched up an interval advantage of 7pts to 26, but the All Whites responding to battle to a 33pts all draw, both teams going over for five tries apiece.
An in form Llandovery put bottom placed club Tonmawr to the sword, running in six tries on their way to an emphatic home win by 45pts to 8. Cardiff also made the most of home advantage against Carmarthen, but in a much closer encounter, winning by 36pts to 29 with both teams claiming a try bonus and the Quins adding a losing bonus point to ease their disappointment.
In the Gwent derby at Bedwas, Cross Keys took the honours by 11pts to 26 whilst Bridgend battled to a narrow away win at Newport by 30pts to 32, staging a significant second half comeback from 22pts to 8 down.
Principality Premiership – 5th November 2011