1. Leinster (Last Week: 1): Leinster didn’t have the most difficult match on the return from their break but they made short work of Zebre.

2. Munster (LW: 2): Like Leinster, Munster took on an Italian side over the weekend and came out with a win. It wasn’t nearly as clean but in fairness they played a tougher side than Leinster.

3. Clermont (LW: 6): Clermont’s topsy-turvy season in our rankings continues. They beat Toulon 22-16 in what can only be described as a huge win.

4. Saracens (LW: 5): The Londoners have now retaken the top spot in the Premiership after a 39-17 win over Harlequins in front of a world record crowd.

5. Toulon (LW: 4): They’ve done well to climb back into the race for the top place in the Top 14 and they will be kicking themselves they didn’t do better against Clermont.

6. Northampton (LW: 3): The Saints did not get the result they wanted with a 19-6 loss to Sale. They will have to watch out because it may cost them the regular season title.

7. Ulster (LW: 7): Another week and another win for Ulster. This time they beat Scarlets 26-13. That’s enough to stay a clear third in the RaboDirect Pro12.

8. Leicester (LW: 9): The Tigers are getting hot at the right time. They destroyed Exeter over the weekend.

9. Montpellier (LW: 8): They won but they should have beat Oyonnax by more.

10. Bath (LW: NR): Still in a playoff spot they put in a strong win over London Irish.

Curtis Reed is the founder and editor of This Is American Rugby. He can be found on Twitter @ThisIsAmerRugby, on Facebook, and at www.thisisamericanrugby.com