London Irish came out on top 24-13 against Stade Francais in the battle of the Pool Five heavyweights at the Madejski Stadium.
Fly-half Johnny Wilkinson landed a 30-metre drop goal five minutes from time as Toulon beat Exeter 14-19.
Teams for England versus New Zealand, Twickenham, Saturday, 2.30pm.
Injury-hit Samoa will be without five frontline stars for Saturday's opening autumn international clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Aviva Premiership club Newcastle have announced the signing of experienced international centre Gonzalo Tiesi.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has recalled three members of the Springboks 2007 World Cup-winning squad for the three-Test tour of Europe.
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