Bridgend Athletic Youth's captain Ben Howe lifted the Webb Ellis Cup after a 30-18 win by his team over Whitland Youth at a sun-kissed Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
While Bridgend Athletic Youth had started the match as favourites and the final score line suggests that they were comfortable winners this final was a titanic battle.
Both teams came into the match with unbeaten records in the National Youth League and it soon became apparent why the teams had been so successful this season.
Whitland started very well and put their opponents under extreme pressure in the early stages and took a lead through the reliable boot of full back, James Stephenson.
As the half progressed Whitland Youth expanded their game to create two or three try chances. Those chances were not taken but four well struck penalties by Stephenson gave them a 12-6 half time lead. Bridgend Athletic Youth were kept in contact by two penalties from scrum half Tom Davies.
In the second half Bridgend Athletic Youth stepped up the pace. They established a tempo that led to an excellent try finished by flying wing Luke Morgan. Whitland Youth rallied but were finally defeated by two late tries by Luke Yardley and Lloyd Evans. Tom Davies converted all three tries and kicked another penalty to make a most valued contribution to the Bridgend Athletic Youth score.
There were high levels of skill exhibited by both teams. These skills married with a great physicality and a good spirited approach by both teams lead to a wonderful advertisement for Youth rugby.
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Ahead of their SSE SWALEC Bowl Final clash with Taffs Well at Principality Stadium on Sunday, Burry Port share their #FABXV nomination with WRUTV in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers. Everyone can get involved by sending nominations via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
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SWALEC ambassador Shane WIlliams is looking forward to Sunday's Finals Day where the Cup, Bowl and Plate offers a great opportunity for players and teams to experience the magic of playing at Principality Stadium
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Meet Aberdare coach Luke Thomas whose #FABXV nomination goes to super volunteer Daz with a whopping 10 things he does for the club each week, all except the ironing! You can also join in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers, by sending your nomination via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
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