At the conclusion of a weekend of unexpected results that saw a feast of running rugby, three of the four Magners League Play-Off semi-finalists can be confirmed, but none has yet secured the vital home advantage.
Leinster, Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors are assured of a top four finish, whilst Munster, Cardiff Blues and Edinburgh must fight it out for the 4th and final Play-Off place next round.
Scarlets recorded their highest ever Magners League score with a 58-10 victory over Connacht, their 9 tries equalling their all time record.
Deiniol Jones arrival off the bench for Cardiff Blues set a new Magners League record with 118 appearances, whilst his team mate, Ben Blair, broke through 500 career points on Friday night.
ROUND 17 RESULTS
Friday 23 April 2010 at Firhill Stadium
Glasgow Warriors (13) 30: Rob Dewey(2T) Bernardo Stortoni(T) Dan Parks(3C/3P)
Leinster (6) 6: Ian Madigan(2P)
Friday 23 April 2010 at Rodney Parade
Newport Gwent Dragons (8) 14: Ben Castle(T) James Arlidge(3P)
Cardiff Blues (3) 20: Ben Blair(2C/2P) Gavin Evans(T) Ceri Sweeney(T)
Saturday 24 April 2010 at Thomond Park
Munster (3) 11: Ronan O'Gara(T/2P)
Ospreys (6) 15: Dan Biggar(5P)
Sunday 25 April 2010 at Murrayfield
Edinburgh Rugby (10) 25: Phil Godman(2C/2P) Andrew Turnbull(T) Tim Visser(2T)
Ulster (10) 37: Stephen Ferris(T) Ian Humphreys(T/2C/P) Jamie Smith(T) Niall O'Connor(C/P) Simon Danielli(T) Ian Whitten(T)
Sunday 25 April 2010 at Parc y Scarlets
Scarlets (31) 58: Jonathan Davies(2T) Sean Lamont(T) Regan King(2T) Rhys Priestland(5C/P) Rhys M. Thomas(2T) Rob McCusker(T) Josh Turnbull(T)
Connacht (3) 10: Eoin Griffin(T) Ian Keatley(C/P)
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.