Wales' summer to South Africa began with a powerful 34-12 victory over the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday evening.
With plenty of the squad given the opportunity to impress at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, the tourists were made to work hard for the chance to play by their proud hosts.
Gloucester Rugby new recruit James Hook was named at fly half in a relatively youthful team, captained by Lions' back rower Dan Lydiate as Warren Gatland's men prepared for Saturday's first test with the Springboks in Durban.
Wales opened the scoring in the tenth minute, as a powerful rolling maul allowed a simple finish for Scarlets' forward Josh Turnbull. A score that Hook improved.
Ahead of his much anticipated arrival at Kingsholm in the summer, Hook was instrumental in the second score as he delayed his pass to perfection, allowing Ospreys' Dan Baker to burst through a gap and give Corey Allen a simple finish.
The hosts then experienced plenty possession and dominated the territory with phase after phase of attacks, Wales survived the sinbinning of Rhodri Jones and wrestled control of the game back and Hook added a penalty for a 17-0 lead at the break.
Hook then added a try of his own shortly after the turnaround. A clever kick from Steven Shingler saw the fly half judge the bounce to break a tackle and step his way under the posts.
Minutes later, Alex Cuthbert sped away out wide to score in the corner and then on the hour mark Gareth Davies touched down following a superb offload from Jordan Williams.
The EP Kings did cross for two tries of their own but the victory was a perfect start to the tour for the Welsh ahead of the Springboks test.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Tickets for Saturday's Aviva Premiership game against Bath Rugby in both the Stowford Press Terrace and also The Shed are now in short supply, although a number of returns from the visitors have just gone back on sale.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.