This weekend's warpath was so all-encompassing that even the officials got in on the action as clubs continued to blaze a trail in their domestic competitions.
For many, Christmas signals a time of Yuletide greetings and more joyful sentiments, but the heavy hitters of the Premiership, Pro12 and Top 14 showed that there's no love lost between Europe's biggest talents.
It was an especially physical weekend for the half-backs, with George Ford, Owen Farrell and Thierry Lacrampe all coming out on the rougher end of a challenge or three over the past few days.
Heading into the winter festivities, watch on and remember that there are those out there with a few more bruises to think about this Christmas, following on from the biggest hits in world rugby this week.
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