Congratulations to Amman United for winning the WRU National Bowl Final
Captain Sean Mangan was “immensely proud” after Amman United beat Caerphilly in a thrilling WRU National Bowl Final at the Principality Stadium
Much of the pre-match build-up centred around the inclusion in the Amman side of Wales’ all-time record try-scorer Shane Williams.
And the 40-year-old certainly didn’t disappoint as he scored a try and directly assisted another two to help his village side win the trophy.
“It’s something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life,” said proud skipper and No.8 Mangan.
“It was the toughest game we’ve had this year – just the physically of it – but we stood up and I’m immensely proud of the boys.
“We just kept going and dug it out and finished it off in the end.”
It took Williams nine minutes to make his mark on the occasion.
Foster kicked a penalty on 26 minutes to pull the score back to 14-10 before Williams turned provider for brother-in-law Lewis on 33 minutes as Amman went back in front 15-14 although this time the conversion was missed.
A topsy-turvy half took another twist three minutes before the break when wing Gareth Dare ran from halfway to score, with Hurley converting, before moments later Williams laid on another try for lock Shaun Cadell. Foster missed the conversion as Caerphilly led 21-20 at the break.
Foster and Hurley traded penalties after the break, with another two kicks from Foster edging Amman 29-24 in front.
But, back came Caerphilly, with Matthew Nuthall going over on 63 minutes after good work from Hurley and Thomas, with Hurley converting before Foster booted his fifth penalty moments later to make it 32-31.
Another Foster penalty made it 35-31 before lock Chris Rees all but sealed the win four minutes from time, unconverted, to make it 40-31 and Lewis had the final say with a penalty in front of the posts with the last kick that sparked wild Amman celebrations.