The Scarlets players feel the bitter pain of defeat against the Blues.
There will be no Heineken Cup action for the Scarlets next season after their 39-16 home defeat by Cardiff Blues - unless the Blues can go on to win the Amlin Challenge Cup.
A 12th defeat of the regular Magners League season means the Scarlets, champions in 2004, will finish the season as the lowest ranked Welsh region. Nigel Davies's men will now be hoping the Blues go all the way in the Amlin Cup, otherwise the Scarlets will find themselves in Europe's second tier competition next season.
The announcement the day before the local derby that Stephen Jones had pledged his future to the club until 2012 gave the team and their fans a huge boost and it took the Welsh outside half a mere 11 minutes to make his mark when he sent centre Regan King dancing over for a try he converted to give his side a 7-0 lead. By the break it was 16-15 in the home side's favour, but after that it was all about the Blues.
They added three second half tries to those scored before the interval by Jamie Roberts and Deiniol Jones as they romped to another impressive bonus point victory. They moved into sixth place in the table with their victory and still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Play-Offs with two matches left to play.
Jones added two penalties and a drop goal to his earlier conversion, but there were no more points in the game for the Scarlets in the second half. The Blues, however, plundered 24.
Roberts ended with two tries for the visitors, but it was his centre partner Casey Laulala who picked up another Man of the Match award for his mesmerising play in conjunction with his Wales and British & Irish Lions midfield comrade.
Tongan prop Tau Filise and Wales scrum half Richie Rees grabbed the Blues' other tries and there was even worse news for the Scarlets late in the game when Jones damaged his right leg and had to be replaced.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
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.