The Scarlets Under 18s warmed up for their WRU Age Grade final showdown with the Ospreys next weekend with a morale boosting 13-7 victory over the Dragons at Risca.
Having already qualified from the pool, the visitors completed the double over the Gwent regions thanks to Dale Ford.
The outstanding centre, who has been an ever present in the side this season, kicked two penalties before the interval and converted his own try in the second half.
The Dragons put up some stern resistance and a converted try after the break kept them within touching distance of a Scarlets side led superbly well by No.8 and captain Steffan Phillips.
On Friday, the Scarlets Under 16s entertain Blues South at Kidwelly (2.30) needing to defeat their visitors with a bonus point and without conceding a losing bonus point.
Scarlets U16: L Treharne; G Hunter, L Harbatt, R James, P Rushesha; J Williams, R Williams; G Thomas, S O'Leary, S Lee, D Evans, J Gardiner, R Bloomfield (capt), O Powell, C Morris. Replacements: N Bowen, A Williams, D George, D Coleman, J Iles, R Evans. M Jenkins.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series