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Sale Sharks held off a Leicester fightback at the AJ Bell Stadium to secure a bonus-point 34-30 win in the Premiership.
Castres provisionally moved to the top of the table after claiming a 29-19 win over Castres at Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday.
Round 5 of the Rugby Championship kicks off in Pretoria where South Africa take on Australia.
The Cheetahs demonstrated their class as they scored eight tries to beat the Griquas 56-26 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Saracens boss Mark McCall praised his fly-half Alex Lozowski, as his new signing impressed with a 14-point haul in their win at Bristol.
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder hailed the impact of the younger players in his side after their one-point win over Exeter.
Auckland centre Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick to smite Otago 54-17 at Eden Park on Saturday.
New Zealand captain Kieran Read expects new faces in the All Blacks side to face Argentina to hit the ground running.
Hawke’s Bay were able to claim a valuable 30-21 away win over Manawatu at Arena Manawatu on Saturday.
Australia assistant coach Stephen Larkham has described Israel Folau as “more motivated than ever” ahead of Saturday’s Test in Pretoria.