Llanelli winger Jordan Williams is stopped in his tracks by Matthew Nuttal.
Pontypridd gained revenge over arch rivals Llanelli to be crowned Principality Premiership Grand final champions with an absorbing 15-13 victory at Sardis Road.
Twelve months ago Llanelli upset Ponty to secure the crown but there was no repeat this evening with fly half Lewis Williams banging over five penalties to edge Ponty home in a game where the pouring rain made handling difficult on a soggy pitch.
The victory for Dale McIntosh's men will also make up for their shock SWALEC Cup final defeat to Cross Keys although he would have to concede his side made life difficult for themselves.
Ponty had the better of the first half but let Llanelli back in with some poor kicking and decision making. The home side also finished the match with only 14 men after replacement Gary Williams received a straight red card from referee Ian Davies for dangerously upending Llanelli full back Dan Newton in the 76th minute.
In the first half clean line breaks were at a premium with Pontypridd midfielder Dafydd Lockyer slicing through the Llanelli defence on a rare decisive foray in the greasy conditions.
Ponty skipper Chris Dicomidis was also prominent with a couple of charging runs but the home side's inability to retain the ball in the tackle ensured momentum wasn't maintained in promising situations.
Aimless kicking as the first half progressed didn't aid Ponty's cause as Llanelli clawed their way back into the game with two successful penalties by winger Jordan Williams.
Llanelli flanker Nic Cudd was given a yellow card in the 13th minute and during his stay in the sin bin Ponty edged out to a 9-0 lead through Williams' boot.
Jordan Williams hit back with his first success with the boot in the 33rd minute. He had a chance to further reduce the arrears but his long range shot hit an upright.
Ponty's set-piece, which held the upper hand throughout, destroyed a Llanelli scrum early in the second spell to give Lewis Williams his fourth success of the night to give his side a 12-3 lead.
Llanelli hit back with a well worked try when Craig Price stormed over in the corner after Jordan Williams sent him clear with the try scoring pass. Williams then converted an excellent conversion from wide out to bring the score to 12-10.
Lewis Williams edged his side further in front with his fifth penalty with his namesake replying to set up a nail biting finish for the Ponty fans but the heartache from last year's defeat was quickly forgotten when referee Ian Davies signalled full time to send the players and fans into ecstasy.
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.