Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect PRO12 sides enjoyed their first pre-season hit-outs over the weekend. We wrap up what happened in the north.
Bath ensured that a significant portion of West Country bragging rights remained with them after scoring a heavy 69-5 win at The Rec over Bristol.
The Aviva Premiership side ran in 11 tries with Mat Gilbert and Semesa Rokoduguni grabbing braces and England internationals Kyle Eastmond and David Wilson also crossing.
Former IRB Junior World Player of the Year, George Ford, knocked over six conversions after his off-season move from Leicester Tigers.
London Irish were also heavy winners over Championship opposition - scoring six tries against Nottingham at Meadow Lane with new signing Andrew Fenby grabbing four on his first appearance for his new club.
Sale Sharks were 38-3 winners over Leeds, scoring 16 points after the interval, whilst Harlequins' 40-15 victory over London Scottish included a brace for Tom Williams as former England winger Paul Sackey made his debut.
Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i made his debut for Northampton Saints in their 45-21 win over Bedford Blues, with Ben Foden amongst the try-scorers after Bedford winger Mark Atkinson bagged a first-half hat-trick.
Exeter Chiefs were one of two English sides to make the trip to Wales, defeating the Scarlets 23-15 after 10 unanswered points in the second half. Worcester could not replicate the achievement against Cardiff Blues, with Phil Davies side winning 21-17 despite missing a number of kicks at goal, with Rhys Patchell only landing two out of six attempts.
Finally, London Wasps produced an impressive 31-7 win over Connacht in Galway, scoring four tries with scrum-half Joe Simpson amongst them.