18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
It has to be London Wasps. I remember saying to fellow Lansdowne Road studio panellist Gordon D'Arcy, when Wasps were behind with 10 minutes to go, that they were the only team in Europe who could comeback from this situation. They just don't panic, go through their phases and make things happen.
They remind of the great Bath team of the last 80s/early 90s. They are not amazing at line-outs or scrums, but they have incredible commitment and will to win. People going to the sin-bin doesn't disrupt them as it does other teams.
I must admit that I couldn't have awarded their winning try if I was the video ref but, having said that, they thoroughly deserved to win, having score five tries to two.
Munster were shell-shocked at losing, it was a fantastic game in a fantastic atmosphere and Wasps are a phenomenal team, they get any edge they can and the presence of 45,000 Irish fans screaming against them provided that edge.
TRY OF THE WEEK
The try that encapsulated Wasps' win was scored by Paul Volley. Rob Howley charged down Jason Holland's attempted clearance, Holland did well to tackle back, and a less experienced man would have tried a double-movement to touch down. Howley had confidence in his team-mates and popped the ball up to the waiting Volley. Call it intuition, but he knew someone would be there.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
If Howley keeps fit then he looks a certainty for the Lions tour. He's still quick, his pass is brilliant - he's just an outstanding scrum-half.
Paul Volley (London Wasps). This guy epitomises Wasps, I've been a big fan throughout his career, he's an unsung hero of the back row, an incredible club man who puts his body on the line. He will be greatly missed next season when he joins Castres. These French clubs have incredible budgets for players and he has been made an offer he can't refuse.
He's the unluckiest man in history to have been capped just once but I would venture that he has earned a place on the England plane to Australia and New Zealand, and should definitely be in the starting line-up as first-choice open-side flanker.
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK
Patrice Colazzo (Toulouse). What on earth was this prop doing trying a grubber kick with a clear overlap looming? Toulouse would have done something to him if they had lost that tight semi-final in Bordeaux. It was the archetypeal prop on the wing trying something fancy when a pass would have been enough.
He would have had the biggest lot of `oeuf` on his face if Biarritz had won. It could have been a crucial mistake.
MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Isitolo Maka charging through Serg Betsen. The 21-stone `beast` really lined up Betsen. I don't believe anyone in the world could have stopped him, he was so low to the ground and used his shoulder to barge through the French flanker. It was like Scott Gibbs and Os Du Randt on the 1997 Lions tour - a landmark moment