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 to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.