As expected it proved to be quite a contest between Leinster and Munster with both coming off defeats and both determined to grab the bragging rights ahead of the next two weeks of Heineken Cup action.
That man Brian O’Driscoll helped get Leinster over the line with their third try as they took the spoils 30-21 at Lansdowne Road.
Richardt Strauss and Ian Madigan got Leinster’s other scores along with 15 points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton as they found themselves leading 30-14 before the hour mark and all Munster’s efforts — tries from Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray — just couldn’t stop them falling to their third defeat in four games.
Glasgow Warriors will be bringing an impressive run of form into their European adventure — which also happens to be in Ulster’s pool — following their 18-3 win at Cardiff Blues which brought Gregor Townsend’s squad their fourth win on the bounce.
Centre Peter Horne scored all the Warriors points through six penalties .
Treviso made it two wins from two when they edged matters 27-22 at Murrayfield to consign Michael Bradley’s Edinburgh to their third straight defeat.
Man of the match Robert Barbieri scored twice as the Italians were good for their win though Edinburgh did manage to scramble a losing bonus point from it all.
Morgan Stoddart’s comeback game from injury saw second-placed Scarlets bounce back from two defeats after the substitute winger came on to help seal the game 24-13 at Parc y Scarlets
The Ospreys were in fine form at lowly Zebre where they racked up their third consecutive win to see off the Italians 34-16..