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 media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
Following on from the success of the Fanzone in Gloucester, Kingsholm is opening its gates to rugby fans for the final games of Rugby World Cup 2015. Catch the rest of the games throughout the tournament for free on the big screen at Kingsholm Stadium and also get a chance to see the first team training on Sunday.
To celebrate being a Rugby World Cup match venue, Gloucester Rugby is proud to launch The Gloucester Burger, distinctly different to any other, made entirely from locally farmed Pedigree Gloucester Cattle, the UK's rarest breed.