Peter Bills: French keep their powder dry ahead of Irish invasion
Perhaps it was the warm sunshine of south-west France on Saturday, or maybe it revealed a collective focus on next weekend's Heineken Cup semi-finals.
Whatever the reason, neither Toulouse nor Biarritz produced much rugby likely to terrify Leinster and Munster respectively, a few days before their Heineken semis.
Toulouse came from behind to beat Castres 25-17 in Toulouse while Biarritz lost at home, 19-26, to Clermont Auvergne. Les Toulousains did just enough to ensure a home tie, against the same opposition, in the round of the 'Barrages' in two weeks' time but Biarritz had no prospect of qualification for the knock-out stages of the French Championship.