Neath made Cardiff miss a few heartbeats in the closing stages of their Principality Premiership game at The Gnoll as they slashed their 16 point half-time deficit to a mere two points at the death.
Three second half tries from Gareth Bateman, Kyle Taylor and Ceri Young hauled the Welsh All Blacks back into contention and had Dai Langdon hammered home the final conversion the game would have been tied.
Cardiff led 23-7 at the break thanks to tries from Wales sevens star Richard Smith and Ben Roach. Jack Maynard converted both of them and also added two -penalties and a drop goal.
Hot on the heels of his match winning hat-trick last weekend, Dan Fish ran in a third try for the visitors, but that was all they could muster in the second half. Neath grew in confidence and it was all the Blue and Blacks could do to hang onto their lead.
Newport hit Swansea for six at Rodney Parade as they beat the All Whites 52-28 in a game of nine tries. Half a dozen of them came to the home side, who were only one score ahead at 25-20 at the break.
But while the visitors could only add an Aled Jenkins try to their total in the second half, Newport ran riot as they added a further 27 points. Prop Dai Paterson, Dale Rogers, Matt O'Brien, Tyler Morgan, Elliot Frewn and Ashton Hewitt grabbed the home tries and Geraint O'Driscoll weighed in with 22 points with the boot.
IRB Junior World Player of the Year Sam Davies kicked 13 points for Swansea and tries came from Nicky Thomas, Sam Pailor and Jenkins.
The boot of Scarlets outside half Aled Thomas proved crucial in Carmarthen Quins' 24-17 home win over Cross Keys as he stroked over four penalties and a conversion for a match tally of 14 points. Jason Harris and Will Boyd grabbed the home tries in a game that saw the Quins build on a 14-11 half-time lead the take the points that guided them to the top of the table.
Former table toppers Pontypridd lost they seat at the top after drawing 27-27 at Llandovery in an epic tussle. The home side mounted a mighty second half challenge after trailing 12-7 at the break and tries from James Garland and Lee Rees took them clear at 27-22.
But Ponty, who had scored tries through Garyn Smith, Jake Thomas and Dafydd Lockyear earlier in the game, conjured up one final attack to try to maintain their unbeaten record. Craig Locke crossed for the vital try to bring the scores level, but Simon Humberstone couldn't hit the mark with what would have been a match winning conversion.
James Dixon found his goalkicking range, however, in Bridgend's 34-16 home win over the ailing Wizards of Aberavon. He kicked 19 points to add to a brace of tries from Tom Grabham and a penalty try.
Ebbw Vale coach Jason Strange is proud of his side's effort in against Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership final and as WRU TV's Liz Jones finds out, he's now looking forward to Wales' Under 20 campaign with confidence.
The countdown to the Junior World Championships starts in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to WRU U20 coaching co-ordinator Allan Lewis and captain Rory Thornton. We speak to the winning teams at SWALEC Finals Day, Wales Sevens manager Steffan Thomas and Wales women's rugby manager Caroline Spanton.
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.
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.
The Principality Premiership awards and the Wales U20s get ready for the world cup in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coach of the year, Ebbw Vale's Jason Strange and Wales scrum half Rhys Webb. We also speak to Wales U20s Rory Thornton, Harrison Keddie, Tom Phillips and Geraint Lewis.
Pontypridd claim the Principality Premiership title - we speak to captain Dafydd Lockyer and coach Gareth Wyatt on the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We also hear from losing finalists Ebbw Vale and their coach Jason Strange, while Steve Tandy and Dan Baker look ahead to the Ospreys Guinness Pro12 semi-final in Munster and Wales U20 defence coach Richard Hodges talks about the Junior World Championships.
Bargoed gained revenge for their only league loss of the season 25 days earlier by Merthyr as they added the Worthington Mid District Cup at Sardis Road, Pontypridd, to their earlier Championship success with a 39-20 triumph.
Developing the game in Wales and creating a stable and progressive environment for players of the future
Taking the grass roots game out across the length and breadth of the nation, the SWALEC Leagues are the focus of the community rugby in Wales
SSE SWALEC Cup
The SSE SWALEC Cup, Plate and Bowl continue the legacy of the WRU Challenge Cup, culminating in a shot at glory at the Millennium Stadium
Women's Community Rugby embraces both the regional and community club game from Girls' Leagues through to the Women's Premier Division