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.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Northampton Saints. They have always had a good squad but have often lost a big game in this competition. At Agen on Saturday, in a bog, they were outstanding from 1 to 22. If they play like that they shouldn't lose and they may have turned the corner.
The pack was superb, Paul Grayson controlled things at fly-half and Ben Cohen was really `at it` and got sin-binned for his trouble.
The win sets up an incredible Pool 4 finale against Llanelli Scarlets this weekend. The Scarlets have to up their game and take it to Northampton in every aspect.
It's going to be a fantastic final weekend to a superb Pool stage. We have had surprise results across Europe...Sale Sharks winning in Dublin, the Celtic Warriors at London Wasps, Edinburgh unbeaten, Ulster thrashing Leicester Tigers in Belfast...It's been superb.
TRY OF THE WEEK
John Rudd (for London Wasps v Calvisano). I'm picking the final try of Rudd's hat-trick against the Italians. Calvisano are getting better, but this score proved that they had no match for the imagination, pace and power of the English champions.
The move was orchestrated from their own 22, the approach work was superb and Rudd provided the final thrust. It was a try created out of nothing, and was an example of the confidence in the Wasps camp.
It's an example to Llanelli for their big game at Northampton, the Scarlets often go into their shells which you just can't afford to do in this competition.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues). I have to admit that on this occasion the Heineken Man of the Match award was not my decision but I have to agree wholeheartedly with Williams getting the award against Leinster.
It is very rare for the honour to be given to a player from the losing side but the Blues' skipper was superb. He was sensible and bright, led by example and read the game brilliantly.
If Rhys Williams had touched down late Cardiff could have won, having been blown apart in the first half-hour. Williams, though, stood out and proved that he is one of the few genuinely world class players in Wales at the moment.
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK
Greg Davies (Referee, Leeds Tykes v Toulouse). The Scottish official awarded a try to Toulouse flanker Trevor Brennan which, ironically, could prove crucial to Edinburgh's hopes. It was the champions' second try at Headingley and led to them later picking up a bonus point. p> No-one knows if they would have failed to score three tries if Davies had not made his mistake, failing to spot a clear knock-on, but the Heineken Cup Pool stage is all about bonus points and this was a case of a bad decision possibly changing the whole scenario of the group.
Unfortunately the regulations do not allow for video referees in Pool games, which is something that I believe has to be rectified next season.
The system works in the Zurich Premiership, Super 12 and international games, it's just a natural progression.
MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Will Johnson and Ian Gough - the punch-up that never was. They were both sent to the sin-bin, and it should have been just a penalty against Johnson, as he was taking Gough down at a line-out. The fists flew, the referee flourished the yellow card and the duo went off chatting and smiling to each other.
To me, this sums up rugby. It's a very hard game, and the Heineken Cup is a serious matter with tense atmospheres at all the grounds, but players can still raise an ironic laugh at themselves.