Connacht are marching on in Europe and back at home.
A narrow defeat at Cardiff Blues earlier this month may have knocked them off the Pro12 summit, but Pat Lam’s charges weren’t licking their wounds for long.
Despite an extensive injury list, Connacht welcomed Newcastle Falcons to the Sportsground and eased to a 25-10 victory, moving to 13 points and well clear at the top of their Challenge Cup pool.
Newcastle have an opportunity to gain swift revenge on Sunday, when Connacht travel to their Kingston Park home.
Defeat would leave the Falcons’ hopes of a quarter-final hanging by a thread and Lam expects the hosts to perform accordingly.
“These games are always interesting,” he said. “They are like test matches.
Newcastle will know they could have got the win and we know there are things we did well and some we didn’t do so well.
“There is no surprise element, and now, when you go into their back yard, it is a really good mental test and part of all players’ development.
“It is about what we can do better this week, knowing they know what is coming.”
In the Champions Cup, Ulster go in search of a double over French giants Toulouse following last week’s famous victory.
Toulouse – four-time winners of the competition – were sent packing by Ulster on Friday, leaving the Kingspan Stadium with a 38-0 defeat.
Five points moved Ulster above Toulouse in Pool 1 but they are by no means secure in that position and another victory on Sunday would much some much-needed daylight between the two sides.
Ulster may be on the right track for the knockout phase but Leinster’s frustrating European campaign continued last weekend.
Following defeats to Wasps and Bath, Leo Cullen’s charges went to reigning champions Toulon, only to slip to a 24-9 loss.
The return fixture is on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium and while defeat would end Leinster’s hopes of a quarter-final berth, full-back Rob Kearney believes there is more than one reason to produce a memorable display.
“We’re at home in the Aviva, 45,000 people,” he said.
It’s really important that we get a performance, we get a win, we score some tries, we give people a reason to be excited about this Leinster team again.
“A win this week would do great things for the club, for the team.”
Munster, meanwhile, while not quite as perilously positioned as Leinster could use a victory of their own on Sunday.
The Munstermen visit Leicester Tigers, having suffered a 31-19 defeat at the hands of the same opposition on home soil last weekend.
They sit level on points with Stade Francais after two games each, already some distance behind Pool 4 leaders Leicester.
And with the French club taking on pointless Italian outfit Benetton Treviso this weekend, Munster will be desperate to keep pace with the French capital club.