Gloucester confirmed their reputation as the team to beat in the Heineken Cup with a 52-point thumping of Viadana tonight.
Gloucester's Italian job came on the back of try hat-tricks to winger James Simpson-Daniel and centre Terry Fanolua and the 80-28 victory gives the Zurich Premiership front-runners a perfect start to the tournament.
Elsewhere, it was a woeful night to be a Welshman.
In Bourgoin, Llanelli were left kicking themselves for conceding three early tries, eventually going down 54-38 in a high-scoring thriller as French clubs continued their terrific start to the Heineken Cup.
International fly-half Stephen Jones slotted 28 points in a perfect display of goal-kicking to get the Scarlets back into the match, but the 64th-minute sin-binning of big winger Salesi Finau for a high tackle - hardly the first of his career - proved costly. Bourgoin fly-half Benjamin Boyet kicked 26 points to keep his side in front throughout.
Ulster proved too tough at home for Cardiff, with replacement winger Scott Young celebrating his first Heineken Cup match with a try on the stroke of halftime to set the home side on their way to a 25-6 victory.
The loss effectively ends Cardiff's hopes in the tournament after a first-round home loss to Biarritz.
In Scotland, Glasgow's Tommy Hayes kicked 16 points to lead his side to a 26-14 win over Sale Sharks.
The English visitors led 8-0 early through a Stu Pinkerton try, but regular penalty goals from Cook Islands international Hayes gave the Scots the edge, with man of the match, lock Jason White, chiming in with a crucial first-half try - his second in a week.