Swansea did all they could do avoid the drop at the death but it wasn't enough
Swansea were condemned to relegation at the weekend following Aberavon's bonus-point loss to Carmarthen Quins that rendered their spirited 26-0 win over Neath worthless.
Swansea had to beat Neath with a bonus point but also depended upon Aberavon leaving their game with Carmarthen Quins empty-handed to push ahead of the Wizards.
The All Whites kept their part of the bargain by taking maximum points in their 26-0 win over their local rivals at St Helen's thanks to tries from Liam Gadd, Matthew Davies and Paul John, as well as a penalty try. But Aberavon's Stef Andrews, Jon Phillips, Matthew Jenkins, Lee Evans and skipper Ian Moore all crossed to grab two bonus points and secure their Premiership status despite a 37-31 defeat to Quins.
Next season will be the first time in Swansea's 140-year history that they will play outside the top flight of Welsh club rugby but chairman Phil Llewellyn is confident of bouncing straight back from the Championship.
"I can assure you that we won't stay down more than the one season and we will come back and be as strong as ever," said Llewellyn. "Aberavon deserved to stay up and we deserved to go down. It's the situation the club finds itself in but we are big enough to come back up."
Quins' victory secured second place and a home tie in the play-offs against Cross Keys, who finished their regular campaign on a low, beaten 21-6 at Bridgend. The winner of this tie will face table-toppers Pontypridd for the right to be crowned Principality Premiership Champions.
Elsewhere, Llandovery cemented their fourth position after they overcame Newport 44-27 courtesy of braces from Phil Day, Craig Woodhall, and Sam Soul. Ian Brookes also crossed to finish the Drovers' season on a high.
Cardiff also ended positively with a 46-23 win in front of their home fans at the Arms Park, although that was still not enough to finish above opponents Bedwas, in sixth place.
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.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a new four year deal with specialist equipment supplier Rhino Rugby, which is set to benefit both the grass roots game in Wales and the national squad in equal measure.
We watch the new grass growing and being stitched together in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Millennium Stadium groundsman Lee Evans, Wales great Ieuan Evans gives an overview on the new strategy announced by head of rugby Josh Lewsey, while we also hear from Bedwas, Aberavon and Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership.
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley was welcomed with open arms by the staff and players at Crymych recently when he hosted a training session in memory of former club captain and coach, Glyndwr Richards.
We hear about the WRU's annual report and some exciting new plans for schools and clubs round Wales in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. WRU finance director Steve Phillips explains the money side, while head of rugby Josh Lewsey explains his new strategy for schools and clubs. We also get reaction from all round Wales.
We look at the SSE SWALEC Cup and the European Challenge Cup in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Pontypridd, Cross Keys, Skewen, as well as Blues outside half Gareth Anscombe and Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies.