The lead position in the Principality Premiership changed hands twice during a round of midweek fixtures played in the week commencing 11th April, highlighting the tense climax to a hugely competitive season.
Pontypridd began the week as league leaders, but a bonus point away win by Neath at Swansea on Tuesday evening 12th April saw them leapfrogging to the top of the table.
It was a try scored in injury time by former Ponty player Gareth McCarthy which earned a valuable bonus point for Neath as they recorded a fine win against their local rivals by 10pts to 32.
On the same night there were wins on the road for Bedwas, who triumphed by 10pts to 17 at Llandovery, and for Aberavon who edged a high scoring encounter at Pontypool by 29pts to 38 and who gained a bonus point for their four tries scored.
On Wednesday evening Tonmawr secured a home win over Glamorgan Wanderers by 23pts to 9, thus sealing the fate of the Ely based club as relegation play-off contenders.
Pontypridd travelled to Parc y Scarlets on the following night with much to do, facing a Llanelli side with a 100% home record in the league, and acutely aware of the need to win to reclaim top spot in the table.
The Valley Commandoes duly secured a fine away win by 25pts to 30 and harvested a bonus point in the process with four tries scored. That was enough to edge Ponty back into pole position, four points clear of Neath who have a game in hand.
Pontypridd have one fixture remaining, away to Llandovery, whilst Neath need to travel to Carmarthen and Aberavon.
Principality Premiership – Thursday 14th April 2011
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