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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WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
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Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.