Number 8 Michael Noone helped himself to a hat-trick of tries at Anglesea Road as Clontarf maintained their push for the Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-offs and Old Belvedere fell to the bottom of the table.
The game of the weekend in the Women's All-Ireland League was surely the clash of sixth versus seventh at Stradbrook as Blackrock and Cooke treated fans to a fantastic ten tries between them, writes Aisling Crowe.
Garryowen and Terenure College were the only teams to move up the table in round 13 of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, although bonus point wins for leaders Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf saw them gain slight ground on their top four rivals.
The gap between Division 1B leaders Buccaneers and the chasing pack is now a full 16 points after they overcame UL Bohemians 39-27 in an action-packed eight-try thriller on the University's 4G pitch. Elsewhere, lowly Dolphin and Galwegians gave themselves a boost with hard-fought wins.
Division 1A's top four clubs, along with Garryowen who have climbed into fifth place, all won on a busy day in the Ulster Bank League, while relegation-threatened pair Dolphin and Galwegians bounced back with morale-boosting victories in Division 1B.
Division 1A's top two clubs and the bottom two are all hoping to make the most of home advantage on Saturday. Having found their groove again with three wins on the trot, bottom side Terenure's clash with third-placed Cork Constitution could be the match of the day.
There are two crunch clashes at opposite ends of the Division 1B table on Saturday afternoon, as leaders Buccaneers visit their closest challengers UL Bohemians and bottom side Dolphin look to halt Shannon's recent resurgence.
There are two eye-catching matches at both ends of the Division 2A table on Saturday as Banbridge host fellow promotion chasers Nenagh Ormond and Belfast Harlequins make the trip to Cashel in a crucial basement battle.
The focus of the rugby gaze this weekend may have been on Italy but while the Ireland Women's team were grabbing a bonus point win in L'Aquila, the business of the Women's All-Ireland League continued on the home front. Aisling Crowe reviews the round 11 action.
Despite the wintry conditions around the country, the teams in Division 1B had little difficulty in finding the try-line on Friday and Saturday with five home wins - four of them by way of a bonus point.