Last season's East 1 champions, Ebbw Vale, proved too good for Glamorgan Wanderers.
Glamorgan Wanderers got a taste of how tricky life is likely to be in the Swalec Division 1 East as they found themselves overpowered by Ebbw Vale 30-14 at home.
It was sweet revenge for the Steelmen over the newly relegated Premiership outfit following their defeat by them in last season's end of season play-offs. There were no slip-ups this time, though, as tries from Nicky Coughlin, Tom Daly, Dan Deardon, Ross Jones and Tom Ashmead allowed the visitors to hit back from an early 8-0 and then 14-10 deficit to win with a bonus point.
While last season's champions were giving the relegated team a hard time, the 2010/11 runners-up, Newbridge were teaching newly promoted Tredegar a thing or two on their trip up the Gwent valley. There were eight tries in a 50-22 triumph for the visitors.
Last season's Division 2 East champions Mountain Ash didn't fare much better. Unbeaten throughout last season's promotion drive, Mountain Ash found themselves conceding two tries and going down to a 13-0 defeat at Beddau.
Rhys Morgan grabbed the only points of the game at Treorchy when he crossed for a try on 10 minutes to give Blackwood a 5-0 victory, while Bargoed wing Lee Pearson was the star performer as he ran in four of his side's five tries in a 32-6 win over visiting Rumney.
There were also five tries for Gilfach Goch, and 19 points for Ian Davies, in their resounding 44-18 home win over Merthyr, while Ystrad Rhondda ran in seen in their 51-3 home triumph in Division 2 East over Bedlinog. There were also five tries at home for Heol y Cyw in their 41-27 win over Llantrisant, while Ynysywbl got six in their 53-10 triumph at Tylorstown.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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