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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.