Worcester Warriors director of rugby John Brain wants to establish his side as the best set-piece team in the country after watching his forwards overpower Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park on Saturday.
Worcester's dominance up front helped them defy the odds and secure Premiership survival last season and their physical edge in south Wales on Saturday gave them the springboard for 24-20 victory over the Celtic League side.
Brain said: "Last year we had a reputation as a pretty good set-piece team and there's nothing that I saw on Saturday which is really going to detract from that.
"What we've got to do is make sure that we go from having one of the best setpieces in the Premiership to having the best over the next season or two. That's the goal for us really."
Right from the off, Warriors pressurised the Scarlets defence and forced the mistakes which allowed James Brown to kick three first-half penalties and a drop goal.
Worcester led 12-6 at half time before their backs showed that they have plenty to offer as well, Ben Hinshelwood and Thomas Lombard running in a try apiece.
Two late scores by the hosts reduced the margin of victory but Brain saw more than enough to be optimistic about the Premiership campaign.
He said: "We've given our players a very, very good work-out against good opposition and it has given us a pretty good indicator as to how our pre-season has gone and I think, at this point in time, there are more positives than negatives."
Nottingham may have taken the honours on the pitch in their 31-16 victory over Moseley at Billesley but it would have taken more than that to wipe the smiles from the faces of the home diehards who had worked tirelessly to create a new home for the historic club.
After a five-year nomadic existence, Moseley finally have a ground they can call home and, for once, it felt as though the action on the pitch was secondary to the occasion - the brand new Billesley experience!
In his programme notes, club president Jan Webster said it was a new era and gave his thanks to all those who had kept the dream alive.
But, while supporters admired the clubhouse, resplendent in Moseley memorabilia, the players were putting in a brave display out on the pitch.
Ignore the scoreline for there were moments when it would have been difficult to fathom out who were the National One side.
Nottingham may have cruised into a 12-0 lead inside six minutes - Will Logan and Dave Wilkes scoring quickfire tries - but from then on the home side controlled much of the game.
Ollie Thomas kicked a penalty and impressive secondrow newcomer Tom Skelding went over in the corner for a converted try.
If back row Mark Evans had not knocked on in front of the posts, Moseley would have been ahead by half time. Instead, the visitors went over deep in injury time through Ali Warnock.
Two penalties by Thomas early in the second period again hauled the home side within touching distance only for the National One outfit to make sure of victory with two late tries by centre Chris Wyles.
Nottingham may have been celebrating but their smiles could never match those of the Moseley faithful delighted to be home at last.
Australia lost their fourth successive Test match - and their third successive Tri-Nations clash - after going down 22-19 to South Africa at Perth's Subiaco Oval.
Flying Springbok winger Bryan Habana scored two tries, one in each half, to prove the difference between the two teams.
South Africa-born Clyde Rathbone scored the Wallabies' only try 11 minutes into the second half which Mat Rogers converted.
Rogers also landed three penalties with Matt Giteau kicking a 14th-minute penalty but their efforts were not enough to stop the Springboks, whose last Test win over Australia in Perth was a 14-13 victory in 1998.
In 60 Tests between the two countries, South Africa have won 38 times, with one draw - the 14-14 tie in Perth in 2001.
South Africa full-back Percy Montgomery was the match's leading points scorer with three first-half penalties and a 50th-minute drop goal. The Springboks led 14-6 at half time.
England forward Martin Corry says the domestic game does not have too much to learn from Graham Henry's all-conquering All Blacks.
Corry, captain in the Six Nations Championship when Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Robinson were injured, believes the country's top clubs should have the courage of their own convictions rather than simply scouring the wreckage of this summer's Lions tour for clues.
Despite the recent appointment of Australian Pat Howard as head coach of his club Leicester Tigers, Corry is adamant that any rush for all things Antipodean is not necessarily the best way forward.
He said: "If you start copying sides and saying this is what New Zealand do, then you are always going to be playing catch-up. From a club's point of view there are things we can learn but you have to be innovative yourself.
"Just because they speak with an Antipodean accent doesn't mean they are going to be a great rugby coach --you have got to choose it right. There are some excellent coaches in this country and some excellent coaches overseas - it is not about the nationality it is about the personality."