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National Youth Bowl final: Llangwm vs Caerphilly

LLANGWM take on Caerphilly in the WRU National Youth on Good Friday with both sides excited to play at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

It will be a fantastic occasion for both sides but neither will be going there to just make up the numbers, they’ll be wanting to win it.

Kick off for the game is at 1pm and admission to the stadium is free.

Route to the final

Llangwm began their campaign in October with a 24-5 win over Waunarlywdd in the first round while Caerphilly were given a bye into the second round.

The Pembrokeshire side then played Carmarthen Athletic in the second round, securing an 18-14 win with the last kick of the game.

Caerphilly had a walkover against Dinbych in the second round and played their first game in the competition in December when they met Senghenydd. They earned a narrow 14-8 win on that day to set up a quarter final tie with Glynneath.

Llangwm made the long trip to St Julians for their third round tie and it was another last-gasp penalty from Fletcher Picton that earned them a thrilling 17-18 win.

In the quarter finals, Llangwm faced another long trip to Dolgellau but they again produced the goods to seal an 11-15 win. Caerphilly saw off Glynneath with an excellent 31-17 win.

That sent them into the semi-finals where Llangwm would play Bryncoch and Caerphilly came up against Mumbles.

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Both games were played on March 25 and they saw Llangwm seal a 24-14 win while Caerphilly beat Mumbles 12-23.

What the coaches say

Llangwm Youth coach Dafydd Bowen said: “Two years ago when we started on this amazing adventure with Llangwm youth, who’d of thought 20 months later we will be walking out on the field of dreams. The greatest stadium in the world and Llangwm youth will be playing in it.

“I’d like to thank everyone for making the journey up to Cardiff and supporting the young Wasps. Big thanks to Geoff Asson and Jon Whitticome for all their help in coaching these boys, Richard Scriven deserves a big thank you for all the hard work he’s put in over the last couple of years with the youth.

“This is the biggest achievement in Llangwm RFC’s history and to be part of that is unbelievable. It will take months for this to hit home I think. One last thing, we are not going to Cardiff for a day out, we are going to win the competition.”