Scotland lock Scott MacLeod was again in excellent form for the Llanelli Scarlets against Newport-Gwent Dragons - but the Stradey Park outfit missed out on the chance to move to the top of the Magners League after conceding a last-minute try.
The former Borders second-rower has been an unqualified success since moving to south Wales and has played a key role in their rise to the higher echelons of the Magners League.
MacLeod played the full 80 minutes as the Scarlets came within 60 seconds of moving to the top of the table, Richard Mustoe crashing over to hand the Rodney Parade side a 15-13 victory.
The Hawick-born forward was part of a dominant Scarlets pack which forced referee James Jones to award a penalty try when the home front row were popped up at a defensive scrum.
MacLeod, part of Scotland's World Cup campaign last year, is certain to be named in Frank Hadden's RBS 6 Nations squad this month and his performances for his club mean he is putting pressure on Nathan Hines and Jim Hamilton for a run-on role in the 2008 championship.
Another man hoping to be involved in the national squad is Simon Danielli, who is enjoying a new lease of life since moving to Ulster.
The Edinburgh-born wing left the now-defunct Borders for Belfast in the summer and is Ulster's leading try scorer this season with four.
His credentials for an international return - he has 13 caps to date - will be tested on Friday when he faces former All Black Doug Howlett in the derby against Munster.
New Zealand legend Howlett, who broke the record for international tries in the World Cup last autumn, is poised to make his debut for Munster after Ian Dowling injured his knee against Connacht.
James Haskell admits that his six-month lay-off with a toe injury has been the most frustrating period of his career and says he is still dealing with regular pain on his quest to return to full fitness.