There were mixed results for Wales' regional sides in their Friday night warm up matches.
Newport Gwent Dragons claimed a hard-earned16-10 win over Worcester Warriors at Rodney Parade on Friday, but the Tigers spoiled the Blues' house-warming party with a 14-5 reverse at the Cardiff City Stadium in front of 15,843 fans, while the Ospreys saw off the challenge of Leeds at the Liberty Stadium.
At the Parade, it was the visiting Warriors who took the lead through a Willie Walker try and conversion, but the hosts punished their indiscipline as James Arlidge kicked two penalties.
The fly half will be looking to build on what was an excellent season for him in 2008/09 and his overall performance will have given him confidence that this year he can impose himself both in the Magners, and Heineken Cup competitions.
It was cat and mouse all evening, and the Warriors regained the lead with a Walker penalty after 65 minutes, but Will Harries' try and Shaun Connor's conversion and penalty won it for Paul Turner's side.Visitors Will Bowley and Pat Sanderson were sin-binned in the opening period.
Over in Cardiff, the Tigers fought back from 5-3 down at half-time so quash Cardiff dreams of revenge following last season's agonising Heineken Cup exit.
The home side scored the only five pointer in the first period. New signing Ceri Sweeney's crossed to give his side the lead after Jeremy Staunton's penalty in the first-half got the scoring under way.
Leicester dominated after the break and Staunton added two more penalties to punish the Blues. Jordan Crane, who kicked the winning Heineken Cup semi-final shoot-out penalty in May, touched down from a close-range scrum. At the Liberty Stadium new signing Barry Davies scored and created a second try to send the Ospreys on their way to a comfortable victory over Leeds Carnegie.
Davies, a summer signing from French outfit Brive, was handed the No15 jersey usually worn by Lee Byrne for this opening friendly of the season.
But the former Llanelli Scarlet showed he is ready give the British Lion a fight for a place when the Magners League kicks off with a blistering early attacking display.
Davies slid through a neatly placed kick for wing Johnny Vaughton to race onto for the first Ospreys try, cancelling out Ceiron Thomas' penalty for Leeds.
Just four minutes later and the full-back stepped on the gas himself, scorching in from 20 metres out for his first Ospreys score.
Dan Biggar, Wales fly-half during the summer tour to North America, converted both for a 14-3 lead only for Leeds to cross just before half time.
New Ospreys boss Scott Johnson made the customary raft of changes at half-time, throwing on Ian Gough, Liam Davies, Gareth Owen, Sonny Parker, Ashley Beck, Craig Mitchell, Ryan Bevington and new signing Jerry Collins.
Ex-All Black Collins almost made an immediate impact when his pass sent Owen close before Jamie Nutbrown darted over to put the Ospreys in the driving seat.
Leeds, promoted to the Guinness Premiership this season, hit back twice only for the Ospreys to respond to each try through Ben Lewis and Parker.
Whenever Bedlinog tackle Penallta a massive fixure is guaranteed but this Sunday there will be even more emphasis placed on the two rivals when they contest the SSE Swalec Plate final at Principality Stadium.
Ahead of their SSE SWALEC Bowl Final clash with Taffs Well at Principality Stadium on Sunday, Burry Port share their #FABXV nomination with WRUTV in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers. Everyone can get involved by sending nominations via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins and Ospreys centre Ben John look ahead to the first game at Principality Stadium in Saturday's double header which is promising to be a special occasion for all Welsh fans.
Carmarthen Quins Director of Rugby Ian Jones and committee member Jeff Thomas along with Llandovery chairman Handel Davies look ahead to Sunday's SSE SWALEC Cup showdown where both teams are out to prove 'West is best'
SWALEC ambassador Shane WIlliams is looking forward to Sunday's Finals Day where the Cup, Bowl and Plate offers a great opportunity for players and teams to experience the magic of playing at Principality Stadium
Carmarthen Quins coach Richard Kelly believes it is an exciting time to be part of the Scarlets region as his side take on local rivals Llandovery in the SSE Swalec Cup final on Sunday, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
Scarlets long serving prop Phil John talks to WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie about Judgement Day IV and SSE Swalec Cup finals day. The last time Llandovery were in the cup final in 2007, the Drovers claimed the spoils with Phil playing a major role in the engine room.
Meet Aberdare coach Luke Thomas whose #FABXV nomination goes to super volunteer Daz with a whopping 10 things he does for the club each week, all except the ironing! You can also join in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers, by sending your nomination via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV