The provinces claimed 19 out of a possible 20 points over the weekend, as Munster and Leinster kept up the Irish 1-2 at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12, Ulster moved up to fifth place and Connacht's second successive home win also saw them gain ground.
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.
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.
Ulster Women's co-coaches Jarrett Truscott and Philip Doyle have named their team for this Saturday's IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship opener against Munster at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
Ulster improved after a poor first half display at BT Murrayfield, but late tries from debutant Aaron Cairns and fellow replacement Jacob Stockdale failed to salvage a losing bonus point against a dynamic Edinburgh side.
Ulster fell from first to fifth place last week such is the congested nature of the top half of the GUINNESS PRO12 table. Round 8 sees Les Kiss' men looking to make it four wins in five encounters with Scottish opposition.
With the Champions Cup parked until December, the focus of the provinces switches back to the GUINNESS PRO12 this week. Ulster and Munster are planning for Friday night's interprovincial clash in Belfast, and both squads have a number of injury concerns.
Ulster picked up their first win of this season's Champions Cup in nail-biting circumstances as Sean Reidy's first half try and 14 points from Paddy Jackson's boot saw them squeeze past Exeter Chiefs. Check out the match photo gallery and video highlights.
Late drama at Kingspan Stadium tonight saw the lead change hands twice in the last five minutes as Paddy Jackson's drop goal two minutes from time cancelled out Gareth Steenson's effort to secure the slenderest of victories (19-18) for Ulster over Exeter Chiefs.