Scotland back Hugo Southwell inspired Edinburgh Gunners to an 18-12 Yuletide defeat of Glasgow Warriors to snuff out his recent bitter Murrayfield memories.
Southwell, who endured a below-par performance in the Scots' defeat to South Africa last month, surged over for Edinburgh's first try and set up Craig Joiner's clincher with a clever kick which totally deceived the Warriors' defence.
But Scotland coach Matt Williams was handed another injury worry when lineout specialist Scott Murray failed a fitness test on the groin wrench sustained during the narrow defeat by Ulster in Belfast.
He joined fellow caps Chris Paterson, Nathan Hines, Simon Taylor, Tom Philip and Simon Webster on their high-profile casualty list.
However, Williams will have been pleased to see Glasgow recall Scotland captain Gordon Bulloch at hooker.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.