Heineken Champions Cup contenders Leinster Rugby and Leicester Tigers underlined their strength in depth on Friday night as they secured comfortable domestic wins. 

Missing many of their top players who are on Six Nations duty, Leicester defeated East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints 35-20 at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in the Gallagher Premiership, while Leinster cruised to a 26-7 home win over Edinburgh Rugby in the United Rugby Championship.   

Nemani Nadolo dotted down twice for Leicester, who face ASM Clermont Auvergne in the last 16, recording both of his tries in the first half, before Julian Montoya and Bryce Hegarty touched down. 

Leinster also scored four tries on their way to a bonus-point win at the RDS Arena. Scott Penny, Nick McCarthy, Vakh Abdaladze and Max Deegan all crossed, while Ross Byrne kicked nine points for Leo Cullen’s men, who meet Connacht Rugby in the last 16. 

At Stade Ernest Wallon, a last-minute Joris Segonds penalty saw Stade Français Paris edge Stade Toulousain 29-28 during an all-Heineken Champions Cup encounter in the TOP 14.  

Segonds, who has seven points in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, finished the game with eight points, while team-mates Sekou Macalou and Kylan Hamdaoui both crossed for the Parisian visitors, and Nicolás Sanchez kicked nine points.