LLANELLI 26, PONTYPRIDD 20
The treble is still on for the Scarlets after two tries from hooker Marcus Thomas helped them overcome an interval deficit at Stradey Park and strike a psychological blow over Principality Cup final rivals Pontypridd.
Victory took Llanelli back to the top of the Welsh/Scottish League - Newport meet Neath on Wednesday night and have two games in hand in second place - and next week the Scarlets face Leicester in the semi-final of the Heineken Cup.
Two tries by Ponty centre Sonny Parker pushed the visitors into a 14-3 lead midway through the first-half at Stradey, but by the break the home side had clawed their way back to within a point.
The first of Thomas' tries triggered the revival, although he was at the centre of another dismal line-out performance from the Scarlets.
Parker failed to appear for the second half because of a leg injury and the Ponty cause wasn't helped when prop Gethin Jenkins spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin. While he was on the touchline, Thomas grabbed his second try to put the Scarlets into the lead.
Gareth Bowen added the conversion, but two penalties from Brett Davey hauled Ponty back into contention. The hero of the cup semi-final victory over Cardiff last weekend, Davey could have levelled matters with another penalty, but missed the target.
That allowed Bowen to round off proceedings with his fourth penalty of the night to clinch victory.
Llanelli: Tries: Marcus Thomas 2; Cons: Gareth Bowen 2; Pens: Gareth Bowen 4.
Pontypridd: Tries: Sonny Parker 2; Cons: Brett Davey 2; Pens: Brett Davey 2.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.