Exeter Chiefs match against London Irish began with a minute's silence for the late Baroness Thatcher.
Before the game, Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said the decision to hold a silence was wrong because Lady Thatcher was a divisive figure.
The silence went ahead without interruption, and when the match finally got underway, the Chiefs won by 27 points to 6.
Gareth Steenson kicked five penalties, with Matt Jess (61) and David Ewers (79) crossing the line.
Yeovil Town's Championship survival hopes were severely dented last night, but Plymouth Argyle have edged closer to the League 2 play-offs.
All three of Devon's Football League teams suffered defeats, but Yeovil's Championship survival battle received a boost at Blackpool.
Exeter's Gareth Steenson missed a conversion attempt with the last kick of the match as Gloucester won 14-13 at Sandy Park.