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.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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