Enthralling East Midlands derby
It was a blockbuster encounter between two heavyweights of the Aviva Premiership: Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints. The Tigers had edged to victory in last season's final at Twickenham, albeit helped by Saints captain Dylan Hartley's indiscipline. And once again, it was the Tigers who were the more satisfied at full-time following a 19-19 draw. The visitors were on the brink of a famous win at Welford Road after Alex Corbisiero's first try for the club and Stephen Myler's proficiency with the boot had Saints ahead in the 75th minute. However, Ed Slater notched a late try for the home side, with Toby Flood converting. It was breath-taking rugby - albeit, for Tom Woods and co, it felt "like a defeat".
Exeter get one over rivals
Rob Baxter's men have made an indifferent start to the Aviva Premiership campaign. However, Exeter notched their biggest-ever score in their top-flight history as they were 29-12 winners against Gloucester Rugby on Sunday. Ben White's try, and Gareth Steenson's subsequent conversion, gave the visitors a half-time lead before replacement Jonny May and skipper Dean Mumm polished off an emphatic win. Baxter's men dominated their opponents in the power stakes as rugby supporters were treated to a second entertaining derby this weekend.
Can Quins muster European challenge?
Harlequins have endured a fruitful two-year spell with Conor O'Shea at the helm, but the London side are currently struggling for form. London Irish notched a memorable 18-13 win against Chris Robshaw's men on Saturday as O'Shea's men fell further behind the pace - it was their third loss in five matches this season. Quins, who are 12 points behind leaders Saracens, start their Heineken Cup campaign with a trip to Scarlets - a tough trip for a team performing well below-par. O'Shea said: "Playing in Europe should help. Ideally you would prefer to go into the Europe matches on top form and winning games but we have to make do with how things are". He added: "The Heineken Cup usually brings the best out of the guys but if we're going to challenge in that competition we need to cut out some of the things we are doing wrong on the field at the moment." One thing is for sure: improvement is needed.