Gogledd Cymru Under 18 broke their duck in terms of points scored, but went down for the second time in this season's WRU Age Grade Championship 37-12 to the Ospreys in Colwyn Bay.
However, it was a much improved performance from the North who certainly gave their visitors something to think about.
The North Walians started brightly before the Ospreys took the lead with the first of three penalties from last season's Wales Under 18 outside half Matthew Morgan.
The outstanding pivot, who finished the game with 25 points, crossed for a try after 16 minutes and after converting that, played a leading role in Oliver Pardoe's first try of the season.
Outside centre Eli Walker outsprinted the cover defence to score a third Ospreys' try two minutes after the interval, but to their credit the Gogledd Cymru side upped the tempo with Jake Simm ( Mold ) and Gareth Morgan ( Ruthin ) both in fine form.
Scrum-half Alex Schwarz was able to burrow over from a few feet out to register his side's first points of the new season, whilst Tom Parry ( Pwllheli) bagged a second home try five minutes later.
However, it was the Ospreys who had the final word - No.8 Dan Baker scoring under the posts.
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.