Alec Jenkins was successful as a makeshift goalkicker for Neath against Llandovery.
Neath had to overcome a stubborn Llandovery side before earning their Principality Premiership Play-off final place with a 26-18 victory at the Gnoll.
The Drovers took full advantage of their second bite of the cherry after getting an unexpected chance when Pontypridd were expelled from the competition after fielding an ineligible player against Llandovery.
The Welsh All Blacks were expected to coast to the final but the Drovers took them down to the wire where back rowers Nio Aiono and Dean Fitzgerald impressed alongside front rowers Peter Edwards and Emyr Phillips.
The Drovers gave as good as they got and led 10-6 at the break but the experienced Neath side dug deep in the second spell to edge a thrilling encounter.
Gareth McCarthy and Cerith Rees traded penalties with the Neath pivot edging his side in front with his second success. But the Drovers stung the home side with an excellent try after winger George North caught Rees's chip on the fly and raced clear.
Neath then lost centre Steve Thomas to the sin bin but three minutes after the break both teams were reduced to 14-men when Lloyd Phillips saw yellow.
Nathan Brew shuffled his way over in the corner then Neil Edwards and Josh Turnbull departed the scene with yellow cards.
Alec Jenkins banged over a monster penalty but plucky Llandovery hit back with a Matthew Jacobs try to bring them within a point.
But McCarthy sealed the victory when he slammed the ball on the try-line for a converted try and despite a late rally by the Drovers Neath were the first side to qualify for the inaugural play-off final.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.