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Northampton picked up just their third win of the Premiership season on Friday as they edged out Gloucester 23-20 at Franklin’s Gardens.
Scarlets claimed the bragging rights from Friday’s Welsh derby with a deserved 26-15 PRO12 victory over Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park.
Glasgow moved to the top of the PRO12 standings on Friday after they eased past Treviso, winning 31-14 with a bonus-point at Scotstoun.
Zebre moved off the bottom of the PRO12 table after they claimed a dramatic 19-14 victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday.
A 75th minute drop-goal from Rory Scannell helped Munster come from behind to beat Ulster 15-14 in their PRO12 clash at Kingspan Stadium.
After two weeks of European action the Top 14 is back on the schedule, with a few crucial encounters and a derby clash to finish the weekend.
The Southern Kings have bolstered their stocks by signing six players for the 2017 Super Rugby campaign.
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has selected a relatively inexperienced 32-man squad ahead of their four end-of-year international matches.
A late drop-goal won North Harbour the Mitre 10 Cup Championship.
It’s back to the Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 this weekend for teams in Europe as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup takes a breather.