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Pritchard sprints to Bowl glory for Llanharan.

Ross Pritchard was the hero for Llanharan as his 70 metre interception try carried them to their first final at the Principality Stadium with a 23-18 win over Aberavon Green Stars in the semi-final of the Specsavers National Bowl.

The Green Stars hadn’t been beaten all season and came into the game at Tonmawr as slight favourites. That billing looked correct when they led by 12 points at the break. Prior to Pritchard’s sprint for glory, a try at the posts by Tom Preece had hauled the Dairymen right back into the contest. “We were absolutely elated with the result, it means a huge amount to us against such a tough opposition,” said Llanharan secretary, Richard Case. “We knew when the semi-final was drawn we were in for a really tough battle, but the boys left everything out on the field. It’s just starting to sink in now that we are going to be playing at the Principality Stadium. “We didn’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We all have a meeting at the stadium this week, so we are just really looking forward to getting everyone in the community involved and can’t wait for the challenge.” In the other Bowl semi-final, a last second missed conversion from Fairwater allowed Bryncethin to secure the second spot at the Principality. Bryncethin found themselves trailing for much of the first half and at 10-0 down, they really needed to find something special. However, the fightback was secured through tries by Gruff Davies, Mark Thomas and Lloyd Bradley who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a 17-15 win. “The boys were ecstatic. There were tears, smiles and singing,” said Bryncethin coach, Andrew Jones. “We were feeling the pressure on the touchline, but the boys were handling themselves on the pitch. “We had comeback brilliantly from 10-0 down, so for them to get that last try meant we were definitely feeling the pressure. There was a lot of relief when the final whistle went. We know Llanharan well, they are just down the road. “We know we are going into it as underdogs being a couple of divisions below them, but we enjoy being the underdogs. We are just going to put up a fight and enjoy the challenge.” Now, both sides will meet at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 30 April to determine who takes the trophy home with them.

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