After a two-week break for the European competitions, the Magners League returns this weekend with three games - two involving the Irish provinces - to open round eight tonight.
Leaders Ulster face basement side Border Reivers at Ravenhill looking for their tenth straight home win in the league while the Reivers, buoyed by victory over Leinster in their last league outing, will be looking for their first ever win over the champions.
Also tonight, Edinburgh will look to keep the pressure on Ulster when they face Cardiff Blues. They are currently five points behind Ulster (in third place) and after last weekend's Heineken Cup success over Leinster, Lynn Howell's men will be looking to inflict a sixth straight away league defeat on the Welsh region.
Friday's third game has Connacht travelling to Glasgow for their first away game in the league since the opening weekend of the season. The Warriors will be looking for only their third win of the season and will have been heartened by a big win in the European Challenge Cup last weekend.
Saturday's only game sees Leinster look to protect their superb home form when they face the Newport Gwent Dragons at Donnybrook. It's almost a year since their last defeat in the capital city and a win over the Dragons would hand them their eleventh straight home win in the league. The Dragons will be looking to upset Leinster by securing their first league win in Ireland since October 2004.
Second-placed Llanelli Scarlets will be bidding to stay in the top three when they face Munster at Stradey Park on Sunday. Last weekend's Heineken Cup win over Ulster was their seventeenth unbeaten home match in the last 18 games and they will be looking to preserve that record against a Munster side whose league form has failed to ignite as yet this season.
The Heineken Cup champions have lost their last five away league games, and are currently one from bottom in the league table.