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.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Wales U20 captain Tom Phillips and performance psychologist Dr Rich Neil explain why spending three days at Monmouth RFC has further strengthened the togetherness of the squad ahead of the #WorldRugbyU20s