Man-of-the-match Ruan Pienaar inspired Ulster to a 35-22 bonus point victory over Cardiff Blues at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, with Stuart McCloskey, Chris Henry and Louis Ludik all making try-scoring returns in the white jersey.
Despite some testing conditions around the country, the final round of Ulster Bank League action before Christmas produced an avalanche of scores.. Armagh lead Division 2B thanks to their superb nine-match winning streak over the first half of the season, while Lansdowne, Buccaneers, Nenagh Ormond and Rainey Old Boys are the other table toppers.
After last week's home tie with Zebre was postponed, Ulster will be straining at the leash for this evening's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Cardiff Blues as they chase their first away win since the end of September.
Banbridge's three chief chasers are all at home this afternoon in the final round of Division 2A fixtures before Christmas. The match of the day is undoubtedly table-topping Bann's trip to fourth-placed Highfield.
Overcoming a second half onslaught from Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium, Munster recorded another impressive away win, doing so in dramatic fashion with a 76th minute drop goal from out-half Ian Keatley.
The Ireland Women made a big statement on day 2 of the Dubai Sevens tournament, winning the Challenge Trophy after overcoming the USA and Spain - two teams that finished well ahead of them in last season's HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
The curtain comes down on an action-packed 2016 in Ulster Bank League Division 1A as Lansdowne host Young Munster in another mouth-watering top of the table clash and in-form Cork Constitution face student opposition for the second time in a week.
The final round of Division 1B matches begins with tonight's Leinster derby between Old Wesley and Naas under the Donnybrook floodlights. Saturday's big match is the meeting of two of the top three sides, Ballymena and Buccaneers, at Eaton Park.
Leinster Women's head coach Adam Griggs will use the leadership of Ireland centre Jenny Murphy and flanker Katie Norris to guide the province through the many pitfalls waiting for them against Connacht at Tuam RFC on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).