NEWPORT 38, BRIDGEND 29
Newport grabbed the consolation prize of finishing second in the Welsh/ Scottish League after completing the double over Bridgend.
But there were no real celebrations at Rodney Parade as the Black and Ambers
were left wondering what might have been had they not lost two successive home league games against Neath and Cardiff.
Having led the table comfortably three weeks ago, the Gwent side took on the
Ravens just 24 hours after Llanelli's victory at Cardiff had given the
Scarlets the title thanks to Stephen Jones' last gasp kick.
However, they made slight amends by finishing the season on a high - sharing eight tries in a hard fought victory over the Ravens.
Shane Howarth, broken nose and all, kicked three early penalties to give the home side a cushion before the Black and Ambers were awarded a penalty try when Simon Raiwalui was obstructed just a yard from the line as he awaited a scoring pass.
Dafydd James gave Bridgend some much needed cheer when he linked with John
Devereux to sweep over for a try that Cerith Rees improved but Jason
Forster was on the mark for Nepwort three minutes later.
Adrian Garvey's try for Newport eased any nerves but a penalty try for
Bridgend kept matters in the melting pot.
Andrew Joy bagged Bridgend's third try and after Rod Snow had driven over
for Newport's fourth James waltzed through a gaping hole in the Newport back division for Rees to convert.
But Howarth made sure with an injury time penalty to seal the win.
Newport: Tries: Penalty try, Jason Forster, Adrian Garvey, Rod Snow; Cons: Shane Howarth 3; Pens: Shane Howarth 4.
Bridgend: Tries: Dafydd James 2, Penalty Try, Andrew Joy; Cons: Cerith Rees 3; Pen: Cerith Rees.
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.