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.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.