The first week of the season produced lots of tries, plenty of excitement and a fair few surprises – perhaps most notably Glasgow’s 41-5 away win over defending champions Connacht, which really sends a statement of intent for Gregor Townsend’s final season in charge at Scotstoun.
Nantymoel RFC began their season with an 11-0 home win over Cwmavon, and continue their campaign with their first away game of the season, against Penlan. Meanwhile, Bridgend Athletic were also victorious in round one, cruising to a 25-6 victory over Bonymaen. My work-mate Dan Howells scored a try from full-back – what a legend!
Bridgend Ravens suffered a disappointing home defeat against North Wales Premiership new boys RGC 1404, losing 20-3. The visitors will be thrilled to have marked their arrival from the Welsh Championship with a convincing away win. Cross Keys provide are certain to provide a stern test next up for the Ravens, again at home at The Brewery Field.
In the Pro12, Blues hope to keep momentum in a tough fixture away to Munster, although having named a strong starting XV, and with Wales internationals Sam Warburton, Lloyd Williams and Josh Turnbull on the bench, this could be a great chance to claim victory over the Irish province that overcame the Scarlets in Llanelli last week.
Scarlets will be looking to avenge their poor start when they play Edinburgh away. Jonathan Davies is handed his first start of the season, with his brother James named amongst the forwards.
Dragons are at home tonight, and will be hoping to maintain a proud home record against Italian strugglers Zebre. A win would get the men of Gwent back on track and build some much needed confidence at the region.
Finally, Ospreys are next to face Connacht at their Galway fortress. This will be a tricky encounter, as the home side will want to prove a point after being hammered by Glasgow last Saturday. Ospreys come into this game on the back of a massive win, but will need more intensity in their game this week. Justin Tipuric could be the man to provide it, already looking near his best after a long lay-off.