Exeter crush Cardiff Blues
In what was one of the European performances of the weekend, Exeter Chiefs were emphatic 44-29 winners against Cardiff Blues. The home side boasted five British and Irish Lions and 13 Wales internationals in their starting line-up - including Sam Warburton and Leigh Halfpenny. But the Heineken Cup opener was over before half-time as the Chiefs stormed to a 36-3 lead thanks to tries from Tom Johnson, Dean Mumm, Matt Jess and Fetu'u Vainikolo. Cardiff did mount a comeback in the second half and director of rugby Phil Davies will be desperate to continue the momentum from the final 45 minutes ahead of next week's trip to Clermont.
Quins miserable run continues in Europe
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea spoke about the need to do well in Europe after a below-par start to their Aviva Premiership campaign. However, the 2012 English champions were unable to turnaround their disappointing form as Scarlets were narrow winners at Twickenham Stoop. Rhys Williams kicked 13 points as the Welsh side saw off a late Quins comeback despite having a man down to secure an opening 33-26 win. For the hosts, it was a disappointing performance as Scarlets were easily deserved winners.
Ulster win crunch Tigers clash
Ulster showed character to come from behind from an early setback and beat rivals Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill in a blockbuster opening European pool stage tie. Paddy Jackson continued his excellent form from the Ospreys clash as he kicked five penalties and one conversion. Tommy Bowe scored the home side's try but the Tigers made Ulster work hard for their 22-16 victory - securing a losing bonus point. Next up for the Irish province is Montpellier, and it will prove a key clash in the pool.