WELSH SCHOOLS 9 NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS 18 A crowd of more than 2,000 turned up at The Gnoll to see a highly competitive game in which the Welsh defenders cut down their rivals time after time.
Two first-half tries by the Kiwis, the first after 20 minutes from No 8 Liam Messam from a line-out and the second the result of a clean midfield break by the centre and captain Luke McAlister, set them on course for victory.
McAlister converted his own try, but three penalties from the boot of Llandovery College full back Ricky Williams cut the gap to three points by half-time.
Two late McAlister penalties in a wind assisted second half enabled New Zealand to hold onto their lead, but the Jonathan Edwards led Welsh side emerged with great credit.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.