Principality Premiership Tier 1 final: Aberavon 18-22 Merthyr

Chris Davies of Aberavon is tackled by Osian Davies and Craig Locke of Merthyr
Chris Davies of Aberavon is tackled by Osian Davies and Craig Locke of Merthyr
Principality Premiership Tier 1 final
Aberavon (5) 18
Tries: Ben Davies, Sam Williams Con: James Garland Pens: James Garland 2
Merthyr (9) 22
Tries: Richard Carter, Kyle Evans Pens: Matthew Jarvis 4

Merthyr edged a pulsating Welsh Premiership Tier 1 final by holding out while down to 13 men late on.

Matthew Jarvis' three penalties to Ben Davies' try gave Merthyr the half-time lead.

James Garland's two penalties put Aberavon in front, but Merthyr's Richard Carter and Kyle Evans crossed.

Sam Williams replied while Merthyr's Rhys Williams and Craig Locke were in the sin-bin, but Jarvis added a last minute penalty to seal victory.

Hosts Aberavon had never won the competition, but beat Bedwas 31-24 in their semi-final and had home advantage after winning the coin toss.

Merthyr reached the final in their first season in the Premiership, seeing off RGC 1404 35-7 in their semi-final.

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