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 was a good way to start, on the right side of the ledger, but it was also a little bit scratchy," he said. "We are going to have to up it a gear against the Irish, we must improve every game.
"London Irish are a very good side, just a shade away from being back at their very best and the way they were playing at the end of last season.
"In the English Cup final against Northampton they showed what they are capable of producing - and we will be expecting nothing less than that sort of performance from them on Sunday.
"I have seen their game against Toulouse and to play so well over in France was a great effort, they really lifted themselves against one of the favourites to win the Heineken Cup."