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.
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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