Carmarthen, the 2016 runners up, will no longer be thinking about a Principality Stadium date this year, but for Championship leaders Pontypool
, cup winners in 1983 after that famous victory over Swansea, the dream is very much alive.
20 January 2018: Narberth v Pontypool
, Newbridge v Cardiff Met, Beddau v Tata Steel, Glynneath v Newcastle Emlyn, Bedlinog v Skewen, Trebanos v Rhydyfelin.
Sep 13: RGC 1404 v Bargoed, Tata Steel v Cardiff Met, Pontypool
v Llanharan, Bridgend Ath v Glynneath, Merthyr v Tondu, Newbridge v Narberth, Swansea v Blackwood.
Ryan Prosser and Rory Budina crossed for tries for Pontypool
who have produced some of their best performances since learning that they would be axed from the Principality Premiership at the end of the season.
In the build-up to the match, Griffiths had warned his players to expect a tough afternoon, but in the end they demolished table tail-enders Pontypool
with a 12 to two try count.
can hold our place at the top of the table, we deserve to be part of the Premier League, probably replacing Caerphilly.
It wasn't pretty, it wasn't quality, but it was intense, Pontypool
saving themselves by the skin of their teeth in a real thriller.
September 10: Cardiff Met v Skewen; Glynneath v Dunvant; Glam Wdrs v Newcastle Emlyn; Newbridge v Tata Steel; Narberth v Bedlinog; Beddau v Pontypool
Lock Ben Sullivan bagged a brace to set Pontypool
on their way, with outside-half Duane Thomas, flanker Taine Basham and outside centre Ewan Rosser also crashing over the whitewash.
The lacquering of metal was first accomplished successfully in Pontypool
by Thomas Allgood and his son Edward using firstly iron and then tinplate produced at the Pontypool
ironworks of Major John Hanbury.
, who included Jack Dixon - the youngest player to ever play regional rugby at the age of 16 - had the first chance of breaking the deadlock, but outside-half Tom Hancock was just wide with a penalty shot.
The club's future was put in doubt after the directors of Pontypool
RFC Ltd last week confirmed it had gone into voluntary liquidation with debts of more than pounds 150,000.