Scotland's only remaining representatives in the latter stages of European competition made further progress when Northampton defeated Connacht in the European Challenge Cup.
Only highly-rated prop Euan Murray, breakaway flanker Scott Gray and former Test captain Tom Smith are sill active at the top of the European game this season.
But they all played a significant part as the Saints ran in four late tries to secure their passage to the last four of the second tier of European competition.
Gray, who made an unexpected but successful return to the Scotland scene in the RBS 6 Nations, played for the full 80 minutes against the Irish province.
Murray, hoping to be named in the British & Irish Lions squad in 10 days' time, was his usual disruptive presence in the scrum before being replaced after the hour mark.
And veteran Smith, a Lion in South Africa and Australia, entered the fray in the last quarter as Northampton secured their route to a European semi-final.
Four tries in the last 10 minutes saw Saints overcome a dogged Connacht side as Ireland's Neil Best, Joe Ansbro, Kiwi full-back Bruce Reihana and Chris Mayor all crossed while former league man Stephen Myler kept the scoreboard ticking over with his boot.
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.