Newcastle Falcons 26 v 24 Exeter Chiefs
Newcastle Falcons had to transfer their Pool 3 game with Exeter Chiefs to Galashiels after their snow covered Kingston Park ground was ruled out and an 80th minute penalty from Jeremy Manning earned them a 26-24 victory just as it seemed they were going to lose.
Having transferred their visitors safely over the border they then went on to rock their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals by beating them for the first time in three meetings this season.
The reliable boot of Jimmy Gopperth gave the Falcons a flying start as he kicked four penalties to add to a try from South African Gcobani Bobo to reach the break 17-6 ahead. A fifth Gopperth success made it 20-6 shortly after the re-start, but the Chiefs game thundering back into the contest with tries from centre Phil Dolman and wing Mark Foster.
Ryan Davis weighed in with 12 points and when Gareth Steenson converted Foster's 76th minute score the Chiefs took the lead for the first time. But then Manning stepped up to steal the glory and rob the Chiefs of the chance of taking over at the top of the Pool from Montpellier, who were beaten 36-18 in Bourgoin.
Gloucester 18 v 24 La Rochelle
La Rochelle threw Pool 5 wide open as they became the first side in 18 games to taste victory at Kingsholm in a game marred by indiscipline.
Smarting from their 13-6 home defeat to the Cherry and Whites last weekend, the French side shocked their English premiership opponents, for who even a brace from Lesley Vainikolo couldn't save the day.
A fiery second half saw the visitors lose both Alexandre Bares and Tamato Leupolu to the sin-bin, while Vincent Roux was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.
The home side dominated territory but didn't convert their chances and once No8 Thomas Soucaze powered his way over, they were chasing the game.
Benjamin Dambielle collected a 14-point haul and Prop Jonathan Garcia also touched down for La Rochelle.
Vainikolo crashed over either side of the break and Freddie Burns crossed for a late try in a frantic final ten minutes but it was too little too late.
Crociati 6 v 44 Leeds Carnegie
Leeds Carnegie completed the double over Italian side Crociati in the Amlin Challenge Cup as they won 44-6 on the road to make it 99 points in the back-to-back games against them in Pool 4.
It was nip and tuck in the first-half as the home side hit back after falling 12 points in arrears to reach half-time only 15-6 behind. But there were five second half tries from the visitors to keep them in touch with Pool leaders Stade Francais Paris.
The unbeaten Frenchmen beat Bucharest Oaks 35-7 to move to 19 points after four rounds. Leeds are five points behind and have to travel to Paris in round 5 in the new year.
The English Premiership side got off to the perfect start with a penalty try after only five minutes and then added another 20 minutes later from Mike Stevenson. Ceirion Thomas converted one and then added a penalty before the break after Tommaso Iannone had clawed back six points with two penalties.
But it was one way traffic after the break with the bonus point coming on the hour after further tries from and Phil Nilsen and Welsh international Rhys Oakley. A last quarter flourish saw Luther Burrell cross and then Henry Fa'afili crash over for a brace of tries.
Cetransa El Salvador 37 v 16 Petrarca
Cetransa El Salvador celebrated only their third ever European victory beating Italian opponents Petrarca 37-16 at the Campos de rugby Pepe Rojo.
The hosts took the lead with a Jaime Nava penalty before Petrarca replied first with a try from Agustin Cavalieri and then a penalty from Alberto Chillon.
Spanish International Nava then converted his own try before exchanging penalties with Petrarca's Chillon.
A twenty-minute spell at the start of the second half proved to be the difference between the sides as Nava added a further eight points with the boot including converting Ivan Criado's 41st minute touchdown.
Agustin Costa pulled a try back for the visitors but Nava responded once again with two penalties.
David Martin had the last word of the afternoon crossing for an 80th minute try.