The big Bridgend derby went the way of the Athletic as they inflicted a second successive defeat on the Ravens in Swalec League Division 2 West.
Following the heartbreak of dropping out of the Principality Premiership for the first time last season the Ravens lost all bar six of their squad. It has left coach Gareth Nicholas with a tough, rebuilding task, as was proved by the one point defeat to Narberth on the opening weekend and the 20-13 reverse at the Athletic.
"We haven't reached panic stations yet, but it is disappointing to have lost the opening two matches," admitted Ravens chairman David Rees.
"We always knew it was going to be a difficult division in which to acclimatise and we've set out our stall to consolidate our playing fortunes this season. We have to create a competitive squad on the field, and then re-build our finances off it.
"We've lost around £70,000 in WRU funding through relegation and our overheads at the Brewery Field are much higher than any other club in the division. At at least we are in better shape as a club now than we were four or five years ago.
"In conjunction with the Bridgend Town soccer club we now control the lease at the ground and are developing the business to re-establish the Brewery Field as a real sporting and commercial hub within the town."
Athletic fullback Stuart Morris put the boot into the Ravens with five penalties, while young outside half Tom Hancock could only hit the mark once along with centre Gareth Howells. A late try from replacement hooker Adrian Chiffi, which Howells converted, bagged a bonus point, but it looks like being a long, hard campaign for the Ravens.
Ian Brooks was the toast of Bonymaen as he grabbed a hat-trick of tries, and 20 points, in his side's 40-18 victory at Cwmllynfell. The visitors ran in five tries to bag a bonus point to move into fourth place behind three unbeaten sides.
League leaders Carmarthen Athletic were 52-17 victors at Builth Wells, Whitland triumphed 28-21 at Corus and Felinfoel avenged a 39-8 defeat at Narberth at the same stage of last season with a 19-17 victory.
In the East, the students of Uwic ran away with a second successive winning bonus point as they scored four tries at Tredegar in a 33-5 victory that keeps them ahead of Rumney at the top of the table.
The visitors were 21-0 ahead by the interval and had tries from Owen Broad, Rhys Hall, Justin Pakes and Alex Porter to thank fro their latest win. Two tries from scrum half Chris Milton ensured Rumney avenged their double defeat by Ystrad Rhondda last season as they ran out 33-7 winners at home.
The only other unbeaten teams in the division after two rounds of matches are Bargoed and Llanhaaran. Rhys and Darren Humphreys were home try scorers for Bargoed, along with Steffan Jones as they beat Bedlinog 19-14.
The last try came in the final minute with the scores locked at 14-14 to give Bargoed a snatch and grab victory. Two tries, meanwhile, from Lee Thorn helped Llanharan beat Blackwood 21-16.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.