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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.