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.
And the 12th Heineken Cup has gone into the short autumn international break on the back of two record match attendances in Wales and Scotland - and a new tournament mark for any Round of matches of 136,965. That is 8,945 more than the 128,020 figure for the Round 5 matches last season and represents a 7% increase on that previous high.
The Cardiff Blues' decision to go next door to the Millennium Stadium for their Pool 4 clash with Leicester Tigers paid off handsomely with 26,645 fans going through the turnstiles for the third highest attendance for a Heineken Cup Pool match.
Yesterday's crowd almost doubled the previous high for a Heineken Cup Pool match in Wales, the 13,529 who watched the Ospreys beat Sale Sharks at the Liberty Stadium the previous weekend in Round 1.
The Top 10 now reads:
34,000 - TOULOUSE v London Wasps - Rd 5 2005/06 (Le Stadium, Toulouse)
33,883 - NEC HARLEQUINS v Munster - Rd 6 2004/05 (Twickenham)
26,645 - CARDIFF BLUES v Leicester Tigers - Rd 2 2006/07 (Millennium Stadium)
23,463 - LEINSTER v Cardiff Blues - Rd 5 2003/04 (Lansdowne Road)
22,000 - TOULOUSE v Bath - Rd 6 1999/00
20,000 - TOULOUSE v Saracens - Rd 1 2000/01
19,700 - STADE FRANÇAIS PARIS v Leicester Tigers - Rd 2 2005/06 (Stade Charlety)
18,184 - TOULOUSE v Edinburgh Rugby - Rd 6 2003/04
17,300 - TOULOUSE v Northampton Saints - Rd 4 2004/05
17,138 - TOULOUSE v Llanelli Scarlets - Rd 1 2005/06
While the Ospreys' Welsh mark lasted just nine days, in Scotland the 5,867 at Murrayfield who saw Edinburgh snatch the spoils from Leinster at the death beat the 5,764 who had watched Glasgow Rugby play Montferrand at Hughenden in 2001 / 2002.
While the Blues comfortably topped the list there were six other five-figure crowds at Toulouse (18,314), Perpignan (13,450), Northampton Saints (12,594), Munster (12,800), Stade Français Paris (12,000) and Gloucester Rugby (10,134).
The weekend also saw three ERC Elite Awards earned. Benetton Treviso are the first Italian winners after playing their 50th tournament match and individual awards were won for making 50 Heineken Cup appearances by David Auradou, the Stade Français Paris captain, and Girvan Dempsey (Leinster).