The Six Nations at the midway point, Leinster and Scarlets faced each in similar circumstances on Saturday night. Both bereft of numerous internationals, it was an opportunity for some fringe players to shine.
Though, one of Leinster's star players at the RDS was far from a fringe name. James Lowe scored two first half tries as Leinster won 20-13.
Even though he only linked up with the province in November, Leinster players already speak of Lowe being a leader in the squad. Post-match, the New Zealander was full of praise for the young players who have been given an opportunity in recent weeks.
"We've got a lot of young fellas coming in. I guess a lot of the academy has been training with us full time for the last couple of weeks," said Lowe
"It doesn't matter who comes down from that international set-up, they've got to catch back up to us. We're there just doing work and being the best that we can.
"If we get internationals back, it's awesome. If not, we've got boys who step up week in, week out through this Six Nations period."
Lowe had the gathered media giggling as he attempted to remember the name of one of the young players in the squad. Out-half Ciaran Frawley and back row Will Connors were two he singled out. Though, he did struggle to remember Connors' real name.
"A few of those young guys, I mean [Ciaran] Frawley, today he played 60 odd minutes. He played very well, he was a little bit out of position in terms of what he's used to but he did everything that he needed to do; he made some important tackles, passed when he needed to pass - credit to him.
"What's Porridge's name? Porridge, yeah our reserve seven, I only really know him by his nickname.
"I've got to learn a lot of names. Will! Will! Man, he...yeah, hey, I don't know if he knows my name either. So, it's sweet."
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) February 17, 2018