Bridgend players were left devastated after seeing their survival hopes in the Permiership ended with a defeat to Aberavon.
Bridgend were relegated from the Principality Premiership when they surrendered a halftime lead to lose 19-16 to Aberavon at the Brewery Field last night.
Even though the Ravens had former British Lion wing Dafydd James and a posse of Ospreys in the side - including David Bishop, Gareth Owen, Ryan Bevingtion, Ed Shervington and among others - the home side crashed out of the Premiership after seeing their 16-3 lead at the break relinquished in the cruelest fashion when Wizards full-back Marc Bennett scored an injury-time try to leave home fans reeling in shock.
The losing bonus point wasn't enough for Bridgend who finished level with Pontypool but a superior number of victories ensure safety for the Gwent side and relegation for the Ravens while Carmarthen Quins are the promoted side who will join the Premiership next season.
The Wizards opened the scoring with a penalty from fly-half Jamie Davies but opposite number Gareth Bowen rifled over three penalties and converted a well constructed try by flanker Gareth Jenkins to put the Ravens in the ascendancy at the break.
Davies put the visitors back in the game with three penalties and the Ravens were hard pressed to keep the Wizards at bay. It looked like they were going to hang on but Bennett's intervention in the 81st minute ensured heartache for the Ravens.
Scorers: Bridgend: Try - G Jenkins: Con - G Bowen; Pens - G Bowen (3). Aberavon: Try - M Bennett; Con - J Davies; Pens - J Davies (4).
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.