Gallagher Premiership clubs Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs progressed into the Champions Cup semifinals over the weekend.
The boot of Benjamin Urdapilleta made the difference as Castres Olympique beat Montpellier 29-13 to claim a surprise Top 14 title on Saturday.
It has come down to the last two. The Top 14 season, which kicked off on Aug. 26 last year, has at last reached the final as Montpellier and Castres meet on Saturday in front of a crowd of about 80,000 at Stade de France for the Bouclier de Brennus.
Leinster and Saracens fans were smiling this weekend as domestic honours were secured, while Castres set up a mouthwatering Top 14 final in Paris next weekend.
Plenty was sorted out over an enthralling few days but who shone, who had a weekend to forget and what will fans be talking about ahead of a busy period of domestic action?
Following eight months of intense competition four teams are left battling for silverware in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14, while Castres, Lyon, Toulon and Toulouse target a place in the Top 14 semifinals.
Munster reached the Champions Cup knockout stages for a record 17th time with a runaway 48-3 bonus-point victory over Castres at Thomond Park.
Leicester were humbled 39-0 by Top 14 side Castres as a much-changed side failed to make an impression at the Stade Pierre Fabre.
Racing 92 kept alive their European Champions Cup quarterfinal hopes by claiming a comfortable Pool Four victory over Castres in Paris.
Benjamin Urdapilleta's late penalty saw Castres edge past Racing 92 with a 16-13 win in Champions Cup Pool Four.
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Telusa Veainu scored a hat trick of tries as Leicester secured a bonus-point 54-29 defeat of Castres at Welford Road.
Munster repelled a second-half Castres fightback to claim a crucial draw in their Champions Cup opener in France.
Anthony Tuitavake was sent off as Racing 92 lost 23-19 at Agen in the Top 14.
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Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny turned in a crucial performance to help Toulon overcome Castres 26-22 in the Top 14 quarterfinals.
The final day of the Top 14 sees Clermont battling with Montpellier for a semifinal spot and a point separates Racing 92 (6th), Stade Francais (7th) and Pau (8th) for the last Champions Cup spot.
Brock James and La Rochelle survived a late scare to defeat Montpellier 40-37 as they secured top spot in the Top 14 and can now prepare for a home semifinal.
La Rochelle maintained control of the Top 14 with a 23-13 victory over Pau which stretch their lead to 10 points at the summit of the Top 14.
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- CAS4thTries Scored 1st Lyon : 42 Tries ScoredLYON1st3442
- CAS8thPoints Difference 1st La Rochelle : 126 Points DifferenceLA RO1st-24126