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.
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.