The Celtic Warriors confirmed the pundits' suspicions that they would prove perhaps the strongest of the new Welsh regions with a demolition job on the hapless Borders.
Borders (0) 12
Tries: K Utterson, D Kane. Con: G Morton.
Celtic Warriors (31) 49
Tries: A Havili, S James (2), G Wyatt, N Kelly. Cons: N Jenkins (3). Pens: Jenkins
The Bridgend-Pontypridd amalgam rattled up 31 first-half points without reply at Netherdale to snuff out the home challenge - and ensure a bonus point for scoring more than four tries.
Five-pointers from Aisea Havili, Shaun James (2), Gareth Wyatt and Nick Kelly, added to the ever-lethal boot of Neil Jenkins, ensured that there would be only one winner of this contest.
Borders salvaged some pride with late touchdowns from Kevin Utterson and Dan
Kane, along with a conversion by Gareth Morton, but their display was blighted by basic errors and carelessness.
Former Lions and Wales hero Neil Jenkins broke the deadlock with a penalty and
then repeated the feat almost immediately.
Tongan ace Havili got the first try - it will also be his last for a while as he leaves the region to perform World Cup duty for his country.
Jenkins banged over two more
penalties in quick succession, while Clark Laidlaw missed an easy one for the
The match ended as a contest when Shaun James bagged his two tries before the
interval, the first coming after a slip by Andy Turnbull.
James completed his
double by intercepting a Laidlaw pass, Jenkins converting both and adding a
The Wyatt and Kelly scores rubbed salt into the Scots' wounds, before they gave the crowd something to take home with a late rally.
The result will be a timely boost to the Warriors after a troubled week.
Growing financial problems at Pontypridd have led Bridgend owner Leighton Samuel to suggest that his club will become the dominant partner in the region unless Ponty can produce additional funding.
Borders: G Morton, N Walker, S Cranston, K Utterson (captain), A Turnbull, C Laidlaw, G Armstrong, A Johnston, Steve Scott, G Cross, D Weir, C Stewart, A Rennick, D Kane, C Feather.
Replacements: R Ford, G Graham, R MacLeod, T Walker, C Cusiter, G Townsend, S Paterson.
Celtic Warriors: G Cull; G Wyatt, D Bishop, S James, A Havili; N Jenkins, S Martens; P Booth, A Joy, C Horsman, D Jones, N Budgett, R Jones, R Bryan (capt), C Harris.
Replacements: D Goodfield, M Jones, N Kelly, R Parks, P John, R Mustoe, M Nutthall.
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)