There was no happier man in Welsh rugby than new Pontypool coach Steve Hill at the end of the first weekend of the new season, after seeing his snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on their debut in ASDA League One at Ystrad Rhondda...
Once powerful Pooler finished bottom of the Principality Premiership last term and lost 21 players in a turbulent off season.
And coach Hill admits there is plenty of work to do if his side are to bounce back to the Principality Premiership next season.
"Lots of people think we should just march straight back up in to the Premiership, but the harsh reality is that this is a completely new team and everyone in this league is going to want to take our scalp.
"We've got a long way to go this season, on and off the field, but it's great to start with a win.
"We were fantastic at the set-pieces and dominated most of the game, yet we were still trailing 9-8 with two minutes to go. It was an important win for the club and even more vital for this new group of players.
It wasn't exactly a happy start to the new season at Beddau in ASDA League One where the referee issued four yellow and two red cards in the home side's 14-0 win over Abercynon.
Two replacement props received their marching orders at the end of the game as the second half remained scoreless following Beddau's two converted tries in the opening period.
Dan Meredith and Steve Cole crossed for the home tries and Nathan Walters hit the mark with both conversions to secure the points.
New Welsh Clubs XV international Jamie Howells gave last season's Division 2 East champions Bargoed the perfect start to their League One campaign as he converted all three of his side's tries and added a penalty for good measure in a 24-13 win at Blackwood.
The home side were still in contention at the break, trailing 3-7, but could muster only three Jeremy Lloyd penalties and a wing try from Sean Emery. Lewis Protheroe, Darren Humphries and Nicky Coughlin crashed over for the Bargoed tries.
Another of the newly promoted teams, Newport Saracens, also got off to a winning start on the road as they ran in two tries in an impressive 12-9 triumph at Caerphilly. Dean Watkins kicked all the home side's points, while Robin Robertson and Chris Arnold crossed for Sarries tries.
Gregg Jones picked up 15 points as Newbridge kicked-off with a comprehensive 25-3 home win over Fleur de Lys, while a third try from the fleet footed students of UWIC in the last minute turned a 17-17 scoreline into a 24-17 home win over Llanharan.
In ASDA League One West, Loughor got off to a flying start with a 29-13 home win over Waunarlwydd that included a brace of tries from wing Rory Saunders and 19 points from the boot of Peter Smriglia. Merthyr had two penalty tries awarded for collapsed scrums in their 19-3 win at Builth Wells and prop John Difford also crossed.
Narberth were impressive 22-11 winners at Llangennech, where wings Mark Davies (two) and Nick Jones got their tries, but there was no joy for newly promoted Dunvant as they were beaten 30-16 at Bridgend Athletic.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.