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Ulster and Ireland back-row Chris Henry has announced that he will retire from all forms of professional rugby with immediate effect.
Leinster continued with their fine form with a win over the Kings while Cardiff Blues demolished Zebre and Munster edged out the Cheetahs.
Ulster beat Benetton at Stadio Comunale di Monigo while Connacht brushed aside the Dragons at the Sportsground in PRO14 action.
Friday night was a positive one for Scottish rugby as Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors each picked up vital bonus-point wins in the PRO14.
There are two matches scheduled in the PRO14 on Saturday and three more on Sunday with the Cheetahs and Munster closing out the action.
This year’s November internationals gets underway this weekend with England’s encounter against South Africa top of the bill on Saturday.
Two PRO14 games take place on Friday with Edinburgh hosting the Scarlets at Murrayfield while the Ospreys face Glasgow in Swansea.