WELSHPOOL played their part in a thrilling final before succumbing to 22-13 defeat to Rhyl in the North Wales Plate Final in Ruthin.

The sides exchanged penalties early on with Richie Williams kicking Rhyl ahead before Pool replied with a penalty from the boot of Tom Williams.

Rhyl led at the break courtesy of a 25th minute try from wing Reeve Wright with Williams adding the extras.

The North Wales coast side increased their lead early in the second-half with flanker Tom Williams powering over for a try with Richie Williams converting.

Pool were galvanised and back in contention with tries of their own in as many minutes.

First man of the match Ryan Goodwin crossed for a try before Ben Bloor’s try seconds later reduced the deficit to juts four points.

However Rhyl rode out the storm and with two minutes remaining settled their nerves with a second try from Wright sealing plate glory.

Meanwhile Welshpool now turn their attention to preparation for the final of the Cambrian Training Mid Wales Shield.

Pool will take on Builth Wells IIs with the club gunning for silverware to mark a much improved season.

COBRA face Rhayader in Meifod on Saturday in the semi-finals of the Cambrian Training Mid Wales Cup with Llanidloes awaiting the victors in the final.

Both finals will take place at Llanidloes RFC’s Cae Hafren ground on Saturday, May 25 in an end of season finale.