Sale Sharks played with swagger as they crushed Bristol on Saturday in the Premiership, climbing to second place in the process.
A last-gasp try from Billy Keast gave Exeter Chiefs a dramatic late win over Bristol Bears.
Some of Sale Sharks' South African players who did not take a knee have come in for some horrendous abuse.
There were comebacks for leaders Exeter Chiefs and Wasps in Friday's Premiership action.
Marcus Smith caught the eye and mid-table Harlequins scored a narrow win over Sale Sharks as top-flight rugby union resumed in England.
Eddie Jones says he spoke to Manu Tuilagi over his future, but the centre had already decided to continue his England career.
Manu Tuilagi has joined Sale Sharks for the 2020-21 season, so he will still be available for England selection.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg was courted by rival Premiership clubs Gloucester and Sale Sharks, and agreed contracts with both.
Sam James and Denny Solomona were among Sale Sharks' try-scorers as Steve Diamond's side beat London Irish to go top of the Premiership.
Chris Ashton has returned to London to join Harlequins after his Sale Sharks contract was terminated.
Chris Ashton is on the market after Premiership contenders Sale Sharks reached an agreement with the wing to terminate his contract early.
Billy Twelvetrees contributed 12 points for Gloucester, but Sale Sharks held on for another Premiership victory.
Marland Yarde was in fine form as Sale Sharks went second in the Premiership table in style against Leicester Tigers.
London Irish handled challenging conditions impressively to win at Harlequins, while champions Saracens were too good for Sale Sharks.
La Rochelle kept their hopes of progressing in the European Champions Cup alive by beating Sale Sharks, while Harlequins edged out Bath.