The Dragons and Scarlets under 20s kicked off the season on a winning note whilst the Ospreys and Scarlets under 18s shared the spoils in last night's WRU Age Grade Championship.
A try from David Leadbetter and eight points from the senior Dragons' star Jason Tovey earned the Gwent region a valuable 13-12 success at Eugene Cross Park.
Tries from Scott Andrews and Phil Williams kept the Blues in touch, but a disallowed try in the final moments cost the visitors victory with Dragons coach Wayne Jones saying; "I'm pleased with the way we battled and to kick off the season on a winning note is a real boost.
"Our set piece was good and though we lost our shape towards the end, I'm sure this will give us the confidence to kick on from here."
Meanwhile the Ospreys failed to use home advantage when they met the Scarlets - a Dean Ronan try and Matthew Jervis conversion was all they could muster against a slick looking Scarlets outfit led by Llanelli's Ricky Guest.
To crown a wonderful night for the Scarlets, who ran out 24-7 winners, they bagged a bonus point too thanks to tries from Neil Davies, James Davies, Joe Davey and Ellis Lloyd.
Daniel Etteridge kicked two conversions for good measure and Scarlets team manager Steffan Thomas said; "When we saw the make up of their side, we realised we were in for a tough night. However, to score four tries and to win with a bonus point is a terrific start for us."
A Jack Roberts try and five points from the boot of Dale Ford made sure of a point for the Scarlets under 18s as they drew 10-10 with the Ospreys.
Tom Priday kicked a penalty for the Ospreys and converted a try from openside flanker Mike Sully. The result means the championship is still wide open with three of the five regions all in with a chance of reaching the final.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.