Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 rivals Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby tuned up for their mouthwatering clash next Saturday with domestic victories to leave them top of the Gallagher Premiership and Guinness PRO14 Conference A respectively.
The English side were commanding winners over Leicester Tigers, with two tries for debutant centre Matt Proctor in a 36-13 East Midlands Derby success.
Meanwhile, Leinster extended their winning run to seven matches in all competitions as they proved too strong for Glasgow Warriors, a brace from wing Cian Kelleher helping the 2018 Champions Cup winners to a 23-10 win at Scotstoun.
That sets up a superb lunchtime showdown at Franklin’s Gardens – live on free-to-air television from Channel 4 and Virgin Media – between the two sides who are separated by points difference only in Pool 1.
Round 3 kicks off next Friday, with 2019 Challenge Cup winners ASM Clermont Auvergne visiting Bath Rugby, who will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Harlequins in Round 2, while Clermont will seek to recover from a loss at Ulster Rugby.
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Munster Rugby and Saracens meet at Thomond Park next Saturday in a repeat of the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup semi-final, which the English club won 32-16 on the way to defeating Leinster in the showpiece final at Newcastle.
Saracens approach next weekend’s match – live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS from 17:30 GMT – off the back of a 25-12 win at Bath, where returning England fly-half Owen Farrell kicked 20 points.
A rotated Munster side fell to a narrow 18-16 defeat against Edinburgh Rugby in Cork, with 14 changes made from the XV who drew 21-21 with Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup last week.
Next Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup schedule includes an all-English tie between the top two sides in Pool 2 as Exeter Chiefs travel to Sale Sharks and Toulouse hosting Montpellier as first meets second in Pool 5. Both matches are live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS from 15:15 GMT.