MAESTEG Quins are finally up and running in the National Championship after a 32-20 win over Beddau. The One West Central champions saw Sam Mines bag a brace and Dean Ronan add another try to set them up for victory. Owen Howe wrapped up the points with his boot with a conversion and five penalties.
Cody Baker and Rhys Owens went over for winless Beddau, who saw Hywel Chatham boot 10 points.
At the top, it’s a two-way battle as Cardiff Met and Pontypool both bagged bonus-point victories.
Cardiff Met ran in five tries in their 38-0 win over newly promoted Ystrad Rhondda. Chris Lewis, Luke Northmore, Zac Clow, Will Gibson and Harvey Scott all crossed.
Reigning champions Pontypool kept pace with a 46-18 triumph over Newbridge. Brendan Lampitt, Aaron Coundley, Craig Attwell, Craig Price, Danny Hodge and Rob Nash added to a penalty try to give Pooler’s tally a healthy look.
Lewis Hudd, Andrew Hughes and Josh Congreve hit back for New- bridge with Eamonn Rees kicking a penalty.
Narberth, who started the day level on points with both Cardiff Met and Pontypool, also picked up a win, beating Newcastle Emlyn 15-3, but missed out on the bonus point.
Gethin Gibby and Nick Gale got the tries that handed Narberth the win. Ianto Griffiths added the other five points with his boot. Shaun Leonard hit a penalty for Emlyn.
Elsewhere, Tata Steel were beaten 21-8 by Trebanos. Geraint Llewellyn went over for Tata while Lloyd Bradley struck a penalty but tries from Harry Davies and Rhys Thomas handed Trebanos the initiative.
Meanwhile, Rhys Davies kicked 11 points as Bedlinog saw off Rhydyfelin 16-11. Nathan Huish claimed their try while Scott Pritchard bagged Rhydyfelin’s with Scott Lucas hitting two penalties.
Meanwhile, in One East Central Glamorgan Wanderers made it four wins from four with a narrow 10-8 victory at Bridgend Athletic.
Ross Pritchard notched Wanderers’ sole try with Luke Fish supplying the conversion and a penalty. Ben Howe went over for Athletic while Josh Davies kicked a penalty but it was only enough for a losing bonus point.
In One North, champions Nant Conwy edged past Llangefni 31-26.
Gethin Roberts was at the double and was followed over by Carwyn Ellis and Carwyn Roberts. Steffan Horan added the rest with his boot.
Llangefni matched their four tries through Richard Foulkes (2), Greg Horseman and Dave Jones.
Rhys Hughes added three conversions from the spot to clinch the losing bonus point.
Glynneath’s winning run in One West Central stretched to a fourth game as they beat Ammanford 19-0.
Jed O’Reilly, Aled Evans and James Parry all touched down for Glynneath, who were relegated from the National Championship last season.
Meanwhile, it was a good day for Felinfoel in One West as they beat Crymych 25-21 and saw nearest challengers Whitland lose 19-18 to Hendy.