Merthyr and RGC 1404 will carry the maximum eight points forward into the second phase of the Principality Premiership after they both rounded off the 14-game first phase with victories. Reigning champions Merthyr saw off Bargoed 33-23 at The Wern to beat Pontypridd by two points in the East Division, while the Gogs came from behind at the Brewery Field to beat Bridgend 27-10 to top the table in the West division by five points from Llandovery. The second phase of the competition will see the 16 teams come together and play on a home or away basis. The top two teams will meet at Parc Eirias on 5 May in the penultimate round of fixtures. They kick-off with home games this weekend – the Ironmen host Cross Keys and RGC 1404 welcome Bridgend to Colwyn Bay.
Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac has showered the Ospreys with praise before he hopes to ruin their festivities with a Boxing Day victory in Llanelli. The Scarlets have won their last 15 matches at Parc y Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 and are looking to consolidate their position at the top of Conference B. The home side welcome back Hadleigh Parkes, Aaron Shingler and John Barclay. The Ospreys' ambitions over the festive period are to use their back-to-back European Rugby Champions Cup victories over Northampton Saints to boost their domestic form.
Swansea City managerial target Slaven Bilic has said he is considering his options as the club continue their search for the man to replace Paul Clement. Swans caretaker boss Leon Britton earned a battling point in a gutsy 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday, but has re-confirmed his stance that his role is purely temporary. That leaves Bilic and Frank de Boer as leading candidates, along with the intriguing prospect of re-hiring Garry Monk, who was dismissed by Middlesbrough on Saturday night.