WRU National Finals Day: Merthyr, Brynmawr and Porthcawl triumph

Merthyr celebrate their first try against Newport
Merthyr beat Ebbw Vale 10-6 in the semi-final to reach the WRU National Cup final

Six teams competed for silverware at the home of Welsh rugby on Sunday as the Principality Stadium hosts the highlight of the club rugby calendar - National Finals Day.

National Cup final: Merthyr 41-7 Newport

Merthyr's first National Cup final in their 142-year ended in victory as they beat Newport at the Principality Stadium.

Newport beat Merthyr by a point last month when the sides met in the Premiership but it was Merthyr's time to shine in the national stadium.

The result looked certain by half-time as Merthyr took a 20-0 lead, tries from captain Craig Locke and Nathan Trevett helping them build the lead.

Two second-half tries from Kyle Evans' and one from Adam Hoskins put the result beyond doubt, Chay Smith scoring a consolation try for Newport.

National Plate final: Brynmawr 50-29 Nant Conwy

A dominant second-half performance from Brynmawr saw them eventually run out conformable winners against Nant Conwy to win the WRU National Plate.

Conwy stormed into an early lead but three tries late in the first half from Brynmawr gave them a 24-22 lead at the break.

However the second-half, asides from one Conwy try, was completely one sided as Division One East leaders Brynmawr eventually cruised to victory, Craig Filier and Joshua Congreve scoring hat-tricks.

Brynmawr are now on track to complete a historic double.

National Bowl final: Pembroke 31-33 Porthcawl

Porthcawl secured the WRU National Bowl with a last-gasp win over Pembroke.

Josh White slotted over a late penalty after Pembroke had stormed back from a 27-5 deficit to lead.

Jordan scored a hat-trick of tries in the first half before Sam Smith, Dom Colman, Dan Colley and Tom Lewis all crossed for Pembroke.

However, White's penalty settled matters and meant Pembroke were defeated after controversially entering the final despite losing to Cardiff University in the previous round.

Pembroke lost 32-12 to Cardiff University in the last four, but found themselves taking the students' spot in the final after an independent panel ruled they had breached the competition's eligibility rules.

Cardiff disputed the decision and the reasons given, but the WRU rejected the appeal.

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