Dragons Amateur sit proudly at the top of the table after the first round of matches in the new Regional Community Championships.
After having to wait an extra week for the first game in the new tournament because of torrential rain, the amateur players drawn from teams in ASDA Leagues 1-5 put on an excellent show.
After the Scarlets Amateur had taken an eighth-minute lead, it was not until the 78th minute that the Dragons Amateur drew level and in the fourth minute of injury time they secured the win. Play was hard throughout with both sides going so intensely at it that one large battle ensued in midfield and a yellow card was later issued. It certainly was no gentle run-around.
Home outside half Jamie Howells (Bargoed) emerged as the hero with the late penalty shot that won the match, but his pack had by the final quarter got on top after conceding the early try to Scarlets hooker Mark Jones (Ammanford). Replacement scrum half Calwyn Morgan benefitted from the late pack supremacy and flanker Lee Edwards gained the pushover try to equalise.
Prop Anthony Lott and skipper David Brake were also prominent for the home side. Howells hit a post with a 40-metre penalty in the first half and often sought to set his clubmate Darren Humphries in to the thick of the action. The try from Edwards came after huge pressure from the pack and a draw seemed likely after Howells had hit the post with his long conversion attempt. However, referee David Williams, who had a good game in charge, played injury time and Howells put over a good long straight shot at goal.
Dragons Amateur 8 Scarlets Amateur 5
Dragons Amateur Try: L Edwards
Pen: J Howells
Scarlets Amateur Try: M Jones Dragons Amateur: R Smith (Blackwood); G Hassell (Pill Harriers), D Humphries (Bargoed), P Price (Caerphilly), J Rees (Caerphilly); J Howells (Bargoed), M Thorogood (Pill Harriers); R Jones (Bargoed), L White (Pill Harriers), A Lott (Bargoed), J Noble (Blaina), L Williams(Croesyceiliog), J Corten (Pill Harriers), D Brake (Caerphilly, capt), L Edwards (Tredegar)
Replacements (all used): J Cross (Caerphilly), R Copeman (Cwmbran), K Gay (Tredegar), B Harding (Blaina), A Packer (Caerphilly), C Morgan (Caerphilly), L Burrows (Pill Harriers)
Scarlets Amateur: T Bonnell (Trimsaran); D Williams (Amman Utd), A Rees (Ammanford), M Banner (Felinfoel), M Jacobs (Llangennech); A Thomas (Amman Utd), C Davies (Llangennech); G Morgan (Llangennech), M Jones (Pontyberem), D Jones (Milford), J Jennings (Narberth), M Richards (Felinfoel), T Jenkins (Aberaeron), S Tyrie (Tenby), P Rees (Felinfoel)
Replacements (all used): M Davies (Narberth), R Williams (Amman Utd), J Lewis (Ammanford), G Jenkins (Haverfordwest), T Davies (Amman Utd), C James (Narberth), G Owen (Kidwelly)
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.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
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.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
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.