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.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.