Glamorgan Wanderers make a rare breakout against dominant Ebbw Vale.
The first day of the SWALEC Championship season saw a rampant performance from Ebbw Vale as the side scored 12 tries in a confident 74-13 victory at Glamorgan Wanderers.
Two tries from Charlie Simpson and a hat trick from flanker Ronny Kynes helped the away team trounce the young Wanderers side as The Steelmen go to the top of the table.
Elsewhere, Narbeth got off to a strong start as they saw off Tata Steel in a 45-21 home win, with two tries from Jason Howells helping the side to a comfortable start.
Two tries from winger Gareth Dare helped Bargoed beat Whitland 38-5 whilst Newbridge got off to winning ways with a narrow 25-30 victory away at Llanharan.
It was tight between Bridgend Athletic and Bonymaen, as the away side came from behind to win 28-29, thanks to three conversions and a penalty from fly-half Ian Brooks.
In another close encounter, Beddau fought back from a half time deficit to beat home side Pontypool 27-30. Finally, despite two tries in the second half, the re-named Cardiff Met got the season off to a slow start with a 13-19 home defeat against Blackwood.
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series