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.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.