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.
|Gary Ella: Leinster coach|
Who would have thought that Edinburgh Rugby would be the only side in the Heineken Cup with a 100 percent record after four matches? Not many, and I would like to see someone claim it if they did!!
|Edinburgh: On verge of history|
Llanelli Scarlets have got to go hunting for a bonus point against The Borders. Northampton Saints failed to do that against the Scots at home, which could prove costly, so Gareth Jenkins' men have got to make this a five-point game as they must go to Franklin's Gardens in round six.
That fixture will not be easy with Northampton, whatever happens in Agen on Friday, still in it. The Scarlets secured a bonus point for a narrow defeat at Stade Armandie, which was very significant as this pool rolls inexorably towards a tight finish with every point vital.
Prediction: What I will be looking for from this match is if the Scarlets have the confidence to cut loose. They have been doing well up front but have talent behind the scrum which has not been unleashed. If they go for the jugular they should get five points.
The big question in Pool 4 this weekend...Can Northampton Saints become only the second visiting side in 54 matches to be victorious at the Agen `bear-pit`? Find out with our delayed coverage from southern France.
|Agen-Northampton: Tough for Saints|
Prediction: I have to go with the form an pick Agen to continue their enviable home record. Saints coach Wayne Smith says no-one expects them to get anything at Stade Armandie...He's right, and if they pull it off it will be Northampton's greatest performance under his stewardship