The impressive Lee Williams tries to find a way through the Samoan defence.
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Wales have created history by reaching the final of the RWC Sevens final for the very first time in Dubai.
Wales repelled the challenge of Samoa with a hard fought 19-12 triumph over the South Sea Islanders in a titanic semi-final struggle.
Aled Brew got Wales off to a perfect start when he burst through two defenders under the scorching sun to cruise home under the posts to give Aled Thomas an easy conversion.
Wales's, who began the tournament as 80/1 outsiders, saw their chances improve further when Richie Pugh finished off well after good work by Brew and Lee Williams.
Samoa hit back on the stroke of halftime when Alafoti Faosiliva raced over for Lolo Lui to add the extras to leave the contest evenly poised.
Wales harried and hunted the Samoans who were feeling the pressure in the second half. The south Seas Islanders found it hard to break the stranglehold the Welsh had on them and speedster Tom Isaacs put clear daylight between the two sides when he sliced through between two defenders to race in under the sticks to give Thomas another easy conversion
Morgan Salesa then pegged back another five points but it wasn't enough as Wales celebrated another remarkable victory on the way to the final where they face Argentina.
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.
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