AFTER the euphoria of last weekend, there was to be no double dose of magic at the Principality Stadium for Builth Wells trio Alecs Williams, Iwan Coyle and Liam Powell this week.

After leading Builth Wells to the Welsh Youth Cup title on Saturday, April 23, the trio could not repeat the feat three days later, as Christ College Brecon fell in the final of the Welsh Schools & Colleges U18 Cup – going down 36-26 to Ysgol Ystalyfera on Tuesday, April 26.

Silky centre Williams - playing at full-back for the Brecon school - did get on the scoresheet for Christ College, who at one point trailed 36-12. They clawed their way back but there was to be no fairytale ending like there had been in Builth’s 44-17 drubbing of Bridgend Athletic on Saturday.

For 18-year-old Williams, it was an alien feeling, the first game of 15s rugby he had lost all season.

“It was great being back at Principality Stadium so soon after the win last weekend,” said the powerful and dynamic runner.

“It was hard on the legs and it was a shame not being able to pick up another win. That’s the first 15-a-side game I’ve lost all season. I played in 17 of the 18 games the Builth Wells youth team played in their unbeaten season and we’d had 14 wins and a draw with the school prior to the final.


“Fair play to Ystalyfera, they were a very strong team and we just left ourselves with too much to do in the end. It was another special occasion for all of us.”

David Francis scored two tries to help Ystalyfera move into a 24-12 half-time lead; their opening try coming from scrum half Rhodri Lewis-Rees.

Williams was one of the try scorers in Builth’s fine win on Saturday and he followed No8 Owen Conquer to the line to keep Brecon in touch at the break.

Ystalyfera struck with their fourth try immediately after the re-start, centre and skipper Kian Abraham crossing after latching onto a neat kick ahead, the lively Morgan Morse then adding a fifth.

With a 24-point lead it looked like being plain sailing for the south Wales school, but it didn’t turn out that way, as Christ College struck back.

A great solo effort from centre Dylan Skyrme, cutting in from the right to score at the posts for a try that Jack Griffiths improved, cut the gap and then Abraham picked up a yellow card for a late tackle.

Brecon seized their chance and sent tight head prop Dan Heselton barrelling over for another score that cut the gap to 10-points, but time ran out and Ystalyfera carried off the title.