Worcester ease relegation concerns
Sixways is Connacht's next destination as they seek to continue their winning run through the Challenge Cup but Worcester have continued their recent improvement over Christmas with an impressive win over London Irish.
Their 23-8 victory over the Exiles was a great start to their Christmas campaign, although losing a 10-try classic to Saracens last weekend was a tough result.
There was the consolation of a four-try bonus point for Warriors, as tries from Josh Adams and Sam Lewis had them in contention at the interval, but they fell away after the break.
Adams was also in good try-scoring form against London Irish with a brace of efforts.
Warriors currently sit in 11th place, although they now are 10 points ahead of Irish who look destined for a return to the Championship.
Meanwhile in the Top 14, Brive were impressive winners over Montpellier last weekend.
Tries from Francois da Ross, Nadir Megdoud (2) and Benjamin Lapeyre helped Brive to a shock 29-10 win, although their loss to relegation rivals Agen the previous week was a major blow to their survival hopes.
Fellow Challenge Cup rivals Oyonnax remain last in the division and consecutive losses to Racing 92 and Toulon have not helped their situation over Christmas. The arrival of new league leaders La Rochelle is unlikely to ease their woes.