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.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
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.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
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.