Newport claimed the final place in the inaugural Principality Premiership Play-Off Championship by beating SWALEC Cup winners Llanelli (48-35) at Rodney Parade last night.
The Black and Ambers will now travel west to face Swansea at St Helens on Monday 17 May (7.15pm), while the other semi-final sees Principality Premiership winners Neath host Llandovery at the Gnoll on Thursday evening (13 May, 7.10pm).
Pontypridd beat Llandovery in Round 2 but the Sardis Road outfit have been withdrawn from the Play-Off Championship after having been found to have fielded an ineligible player in that game. The club appealed the decision but the WRU Appeal Panel last night (Tuesday) upheld the decision of the Regulatory Committee against Pontypridd confirming the Drovers in the last four.
After qualifying for the semis, Newport head coach Sven Cronk said, "It's great to have a chance to win some silverware at the end of the season. Llanelli came out of the blocks well last night and we were rusty in the first half but I was pleased with the way we turned things around in the second half.
"Swansea shocked us in the first Play-Off qualifying game. After holding the best defensive record in the league this season, we were unrecognisable in that game and it was bitterly disappointing to concede 60 points.
"Swansea have great speed behind and a pack that provides plenty of quality ball so we will have to up our game to come away with a win on Monday, but we are determined to do just that."
Principality Premiership Play-Off Championship semi-finals:
Thursday 13 May Neath v Llandovery , The Gnoll (7.10pm)
Monday 17 May Swansea v Newport, St Helens (7.15pm)
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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