Victories at the weekend for the Cheetahs and Beneton Treviso were good for the Guinness Pro14 says RTÉ's rugby analyst Donal Lenihan.
Leinster’s first foray to South Africa ended with defeat in Bloemfontein as the Cheetahs engineered a 31-19 win, their second in succession after a difficult start to the competition.
Fellow South African side Southern Kings are still to register their first win, but after many questioning the ability of both franchises to compete, the former Ireland international expects the Cheetahs to cause problems for all challengers, even more so when their interest in the Currie Cup comes to an end.
"The tournament organisers will be thrilled the Cheetahs got a win," he told 2fm’s Game On programme.
"Leinster didn’t play well, but al lot of that was down to the Cheetahs. Once they are out of the Currie Cup, they will have far more strength to them.
"The Kings lost 23 players from Super Rugby team, so you can write them off for this season.
"The problem I think for the Cheetahs is given the season is going to run back-to-back with their southern hemisphere season, you can see them running out of steam next January, February, March, but that’s an issue for down the line.
"Overall, organisers will be pleased to have seen them perform so well."
Elsewhere, Treviso’s 16-6 win over Ospreys was another fillip for the competition and the Italians are moving in the right direction in Conference B, while Zebre had a comfortable win away to the Kings.
"It was a good weekend for the tournament overall.
"Zebre got their first win. Treviso have won back-to-back games, so of the 14 teams, the Southern Kings are the only side without a win."
Closer to home, Rassie Erasmus saw his Munster side come acropper to Conference A leaders Glasgow as they were well beaten in Scotstoun.
While the early set-back was a disappointment, of more concern will be the growing injury list.
"The biggest worry for Munster is that Jean Kleyn, who has been outstanding in the game to date, has a neck injury again," Lenihan said. "That ruled him out for four or five months last year.
"Given the injuries Munster have in the second row, Donnacha Ryan gone, new signing Gerbrandt Grobler is out injured, Dave O’Callaghan is injured, they have all kinds of problems there.
Lenihan observed that the team appears "dead on their feet" as there has been few changes to the starting line-up so far this season, but expects Erasmus to freshen up his side when players return from injury and he welcomes back his Lions contingent.