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 the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).