Reigning champions Neath gained sweet revenge for last season's dramatic cup final defeat with a comprehensive 57-17 win over Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership...
Pontypridd captain and No 8 Nathan Strong earned a red card for a short-arm tackle early in the first-half and Neath took full advantage to run in nine tries.
After their shock defeat to Glamorgan Wanderers on the opening weekend of the season, this was the result Rowland Phillips' side needed.
Three tries in seven minutes hammered the nail into Pontypridd's coffin and Full-back Aled Bevan slotted over six conversions, as the Welsh All Blacks cruised to the win.
Elsewhere, fly-half Craig Evans put the boot into his former club Llanelli to kick-start Cardiff's season with a 36-24 win.
The 21-year-old punished his old team-mates with a 16-point haul and grabbed one of five Cardiff tries as they enjoyed a comfortable win.
Two early tries by flanker Gareth Gravell put the home side into a lead they never lost, but Llanelli fought back with second-half tries to Dan Evans, Craig Richards and replacement prop Ian Jones.
The Gwent derby was decided by Newport's Dan Griffiths who kicked four penalties in their narrow 12-7 win over Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park.
Wing Andrew Bevan got the Steelmen on the scoreboard early on with a try in the seventh minute, converted by scrum-half Brian Shelbourne.
But Newport stayed in touch through Griffiths and were only 7-3 behind at the break, before three second-half penalties saw the Black-and-Ambers home.
And Glamorgan Wanderers went down 33-29 at Swansea in a 10-try thriller, despite fly-half Mark Roper bagging a hat-trick of tries for the visitors.
Swansea flanker Marc Popham, younger brother of Wales No 8 Alix, grabbed tries either side of half-time.
Two tries from wing Gareth Holmes and three penalties from Luke Richards saw Maesteg home 29-15 against Bedwas.
Scrum-half Nick Griffiths was the hero for Bridgend as they put last week's defeat at Ebbw Vale behind them, seeing off Cross Keys 35-13 in a one-sided game.
It was 14-0 at the break and tries by Mike Powell, Darren Simpson and Richard Radford added to the visitors misery.
Llandovery failed to back-up their 33-13 win over Pontypridd, going down 32-13 to Aberavon at home.
Full-back Liam Gadd, wing Richard Carter, flanker Simon Peters and hooker Chris Wells all grabbed tries for the Wizards as they out-scored the home side four tries to one.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.