Wales have caused one of the shocks of the season in the IRB Sevens Series by crushing favourites New Zealand in their opening game of the New Zealand Sevens at Westpac Stadium.
The home side got their defence of the title to the worst possible start when losing 28-17 to a much improved Wales side.
The Kiwis were handicapped by having Tomasi Cama sent off in the second minute for punching Rhodri McAtee before skipper DJ Forbes was sent to the sin bin. The Welsh made their superior numbers count but the underdogs fully deserved their victory.
The Kiwis opened the scoring through Nafi Tuitavake but McAtee responded with two touchdowns before the Welsh cut loose to score further tries by Aled Brew, Tal Selley and Rhys Webb swept the rampant Welsh to a 28-5 lead.
New Zealand reduced the lead with a try by Viliame Waqaseduadua but by then it was too little too late.
Wales followed their shock victory with a 24-15 defeat to Australia in their second pool game but guaranteed a quarter-final slot against Kenya when beating minnows Niue 34-10 who had nearly pulled off a shock themselves when restricting the Aussies to a narrow 22-17 victory.
Fiji also suffered a major shock on the opening day with a defeat to the fast-improving USA.
The Americans recorded two victories in the day to confirm their place in a second successive Series Cup quarter final.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.