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Rhys Priestland starred with the boot for Scarlets as they got back to winning ways by downing the Ospreys 22-14 in their Pro12 Welsh derby at Parc y Scarlets on Monday.
Gavin Henson made a winning return to rugby on his Cardiff Blues debut, but he was overshadowed by Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny in 28-9 win over the Dragons at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Following on from some heroic exploits by the celtic teams in the European competitions, the Pro12 returns once again to centre stage, and with the prospect of the festive season upon us all the games this weekend are local derbies.
Matthew Rees is one of the few players in the Scarlets squad who has tasted victory over Munster, but even after a 13th successive defeat against the irish side he firmly believes his side has enough to reverse the trend on Sunday.
Ospreys have secured the services of 21-year-old centre Ashley Beck for the next two years after he signed a new contract that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2014.
Munster and Ireland veteran Ronan O'Gara insisted that there was still a lot of rugby playing time in him at the top level after he celebrated his 100th European Cup appearance.
The disappointing news to come out of the Munster camp is that wing Doug Howlett will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
A last-gasp penalty from replacement Jason Tovey earned the Dragons a 14-14 draw against Glasgow on Sunday, preserving their unbeaten home record in the Pro12 in the process.
Munster's Irish international scrumhalf Peter Stringer on Saturday agreed to join Saracens on a three-month deal after the English Premiership champions suffered an injury crisis.
A superb second-half defensive effort earned an under strength Ospreys side a 19-13 win over defending champions Munster that cemented their spot in second in the Pro12 table.
Surprise, surprise! Peter Stringer is to leave Munster and head across the Irish Sea to North London to play for the Saracens.
Ulster will be hoping that they have finally kickstarted their Pro12 charge as Stephen Ferris led a clinical fightback to see off Scarlets 24-17 at Ravenhill on Friday.
Scrumhalf Rhys Webb will complete his half-century of Ospreys appearances on Saturday having been cleared to play in the Pro12 game against Munster at a disciplinary hearing in Edinburgh.
After a round of games that saw four home wins, with two of those victors also picking up try bonus points, the same four teams Ospreys, Leinster, Munster and Glasgow Warriors still occupy the Pro12 play-off zone.
Edinburgh Rugby have secured the services of the versatile 26 year-old forward Sean Cox for a further two years, keeping him at Murrayfield until 2014.
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