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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.