Principality Premiership newboys Pontypool were denied a dream start to the season after they were squeezed out by reigning champions Neath 36-31 at The Gnoll.
Pontypool returned to the Premiership as Division One East winners and rocked the four times champions with three tries, including a brace from centre Phil Price.
Geraint O'Driscoll also booted 16 points as 'Pooler' recovered from the loss of prop Nicky Blake, who broke his leg in the second half.
But Ospreys youngster Kristian Phillips and Gareth King both scored twice to save the blushes of last season's double-winners in front of their home crowd.
"We expected it to be difficult and Pontypool didn't disappoint us," said Neath coach Rowland Phillips.
"We were playing against a team we didn't really know much about and we didn't play well enough. It simpy wasn't good enough as far as our standards are concerned.
"We have been successful int he past, but as far as I'm concerend all of that is in the past. We have to build moving forward."
Despite the loss of British Police prop Blake, who is likely to miss much of the rest of the season, Pontypool coach Gareth Lintern was bullish about the start his side made back in the big time.
"We had been looking forward to this game ever since last season. It was a superb performance and we are bitterly disappointed we didn't win it," said Lintern.
Aberavon made the perfect start to the new campaign with a 29-27 victory over local rivals Swansea at St Helen's.
Ian Moore, Dai Pritchard, Richard Morris and Luke Hatherway all went over to clinch a bonus-point victory for the Wizards despite a late recovery by the All Whites.
Richard Kelly crossed twice to clinch two consolation points for Swansea's losing margin and scoring four tries.
Scarlets outside-half Rhys Priestland was on target as Llanelli beat Glamorgan Wanderers 24-13 at Stradey Park. Adam Powell, Daniel Evans and Ian Jones all scored while Priestland kicked seven points.
Ebbw Vale have finished in the Premiership's top four for the past two seasons but were held to a surprise 6-6 by Bedwas.
Dai Langdon and Andrew Williams both converted penalties for the Steelmen but Phil Dollman struck twice to share the points at Eugene Cross Park.
Rory Pritchard and Carl Hocking grabbed tries as Bridgend won 20-8 at Llandovery who saw prop Craig Cross sent off a minute after coming on as a replacement early in the second half.
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.