Neath had to withstand a second half comeback from Dollgellau before reaching the final of the Welsh Cup with a 14-12 victory at a crisp and cold Llanidloes.
Neath opened the scoring within two minutes of the kick-off. Quick ball from a scrum saw some superb handling skills which created a try under the sticks for fullback Kerin Lake. The conversion was knocked over by Bethan Preece.
For the next 28 minutes Neath dominated possession but sterling defence by the north Walians kept them at bay however Neath eventually increased their lead seven minutes from the break.
Off the top of a line-out, Neath ran the ball to the opposite side of the field only to be tackled less than a foot short. A ruck was then formed and fast ball along the line produced Neath's second try by Kathryn Joseph. Preece kicked her second conversion taking Neath's lead to 14-0.
Neath tormented Dolgellau in the opening exchanges of the second half but Dolgellau doggedly hung on. In a game which Neath had held the upper hand for so long, suddenly it was left hanging in the balance when Dolgellau scored two tries through Louise Akers and Lowri Evans with the latter landing a conversion.
But time ran out for Dolgellau as Neath hung on to secure victory. Lowri Blain was voted Dolgellau's player of the match while Sian Williams was Neath's player of the match.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.