Carmarthen Athletic Youth and Tondu Youth played out an enthralling final to this season's Youth Cup at a sun kissed Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Tondu Youth secured the cup with a 25-19 points win over their West Carmarthenshire rivals but not without a great effort from the young Athletic team.
Carmarthen Athletic Youth started well with their well organised pack of forwards taking control and their talented half backs, Scott and Jack Maynard, directing matters the Athletic took a 6-0 lead from two well struck penalty goals by Scott Maynard.
After being under pressure for the first quarter of the match Tondu struck with a try after a powerful run from the back of a scrum by No.8 David Griggs. A conversion and a penalty goal shortly after from excellent scrum half Gareth Lindenburn took Tondu Youth into the lead, and it was to prove a lead that Tondu never lost.
Through outstanding running and handling skills Tondu Youth scored two further tries by Jordan Matthews and Joseph Gatt, the latter after a searing break by wing Matthews, and Lindenburn kicked another conversion and penalty goal.
Whilst a try by Steffan Phillips and a further penalty by Scott Maynard pulled the Tondu Youth lead back even with a last minute try Carmarthen Athletic Youth could not quite catch their Mid Glamorgan opponents.
Both teams played their part in an excellent match which again underlined the talent that abounds at U19 level in Wales.
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.