Fans of domestic rugby in England were treated to a cracking opening round of the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership that included an abundance of tries, one particularly surprising result and some typically inclement weather.
With national coaches looking to nail down their squads two years out from the 2015 World Cup, there is much to play for this season beyond the usual club demands.
Newcastle were given a stark reminder of the difference between the top flight and the Championship on their debut back in the Premiership, losing convincingly at home to Bath, while Sale showed they will be a handful by winning away at Gloucester.
There were no surprises as Saracens, Northampton and Leicester started their campaigns with impressive wins over London Irish, Exeter and Worcester respectively.
As for Harlequins, it came down to a matter of inches as Andy Goode's last-minute touchline conversion rebounded off the post to hand them victory in the London derby with Wasps.
We look at six things we learned from the opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership.