Despite winning the try count by three to two, Bedwas indiscipline saw an end to the SWALEC Cup adventure with Carmarthen Quins the winners at The Park.
In an entertaining encounter, it was the home side who edged it with a 23-21 victory enough to see them through to the quarter finals.
Bedwas were forced into a late change with Stuart Thomas arriving just before kick off with Ethan Davies taking over full back duties and Thomas dropping to the bench.
The game started at a furious pace with Bedwas on the back foot as the Quins were quickly into their stride. It came as a surprise then that Bedwas would score the first try after five minutes, the ball worked right for Rory Budina to score a fine try with Lewis Robling adding the conversion.
Carmarthen regrouped and kept Bedwas on the back foot before levelling the scores with a penalty try after the Bedwas scrum was shunted backwards. Jack Maynard added the conversion.
The visitors regained the lead after 24 minutes when Deri Mattravers ran through for a superb individual try with Robling again adding the conversion. The Quins continued to press but the Bedwas defence held firm though they were undone two minutes before the break when prop Rob Evans was on the end of a flowing move to cross for a try.
Maynard again made no mistake with his conversion attempt and it got worse for Bedwas as Dan Preece was sin binned for tackling a Carmarthen player off the ball in the build up to the try.
The second half started much as the first had ended with Carmarthen having the lion's share of possession and territory. And they took the lead for the first time via a penalty from Maynard after Bedwas were adjudged off side.
Bedwas were not looking like lying down and stormed back into the lead. With the referee playing a penalty advantage, scrum half Tom Rowlands kept the ball alive and Mattravers crossed for his second try of the afternoon, Robling again converting.
Maynard saw a penalty attempt hit a post but was on target with his next attempt after Bedwas were penalised at a ruck, Phil Sargent sin binned by referee Nigel Owens for hands in the ruck.
And Bedwas were unable to hang on to their one point margin with Maynard delivering the knock out blow minutes from time - his penalty securing the win.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
A look ahead to Judgement Day and back at youth finals day in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Andrew Coombs, Jake Ball, James Davies, Dan Lydiate and Josh Navidi. We also speak to Wattstown, Ystradgynlais, Rhydfelin, Pontypool United, Penallta and Pontypridd youth coaches at finals day at the Millennium Stadium.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
This week on the Principality Premiership Podcast, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie talks to Carmarthen Quins head coach Louie Tonkin who is aiming to close the gap on leading duo, Pontypridd and Ebbw Vale, with victory against Bridgend tomorrow.
We hear from JPR Williams, Tommy David and all six clubs in SWALEC Finals Day, as well as the first woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium, in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. JPR and David reminisce over the 1979 final, while we hear from Pontypridd, Bridgend, Ystrad Rhondda, Ystradgynlais, Cambrian Welfare and Newcastle Emlyn. Kath Pritchard became the forst Welsh woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium - we speak to her and WRU community referee development officer Paul Adams.
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