Caerleon Comprehensive staged a major fightback to overcome an early 14 point deficit before beating Corpus Christi HS, Cardiff, 43-31 to win the Welsh School Under 16 title at Parc y Scarlets.
Two tries in the opening 11 minutes from prop Harry Jarrett and centre Luke Thomas gave Corpus Christi a dream start and Wales Under 16 outside half Callum Sheedy converted them both. Caerleon responded with a try from wing Simon Weir, which Jack Thomas converted, and Jordan Gin added a second shortly after Sheedy had kicked a penalty.
The half ended as it started with Corpus Christi adding a third try, and a second to the lively Jarrett, and Sheedy's conversion made it 24-12 to the Cardiff-based team at the break.
But a stunning burst of three tries, and 21 points, in 10 minutes after the break from Caerleon turning the game on its head and gave them the momentum. Curtis Avery, Wales Under 16 centre Tyler Morgan and Seamus Clancy all crossed and Thomas improved all three scores to make it 33-24 to his team.
Corpus Christi cut the gap to two points with their fourth try on 54 minutes, this time from wing James McLean, and the same player had a chance to put his side ahead eight minutes later after a neat chip over the top. This time, though, he knocked-on in the act of scoring.
Caerleon hit back through the impressive and increasingly influential Morgan, who charged down a chip ahead to allow Seamus Casey to pick up the pieces and score and then scored his second try after another charge down.
In the Welsh School Under 14 final Gowerton stopped Glantaf making it a double after their triumph in the Under 18 final as they triumphed 24-17.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.