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.
Northampton Saints, Phil Dowson, is in third place in the top 10 forwards, and the back row will be looking to inspire his side to victory over Perpignan in the second Heineken Cup semi-final at stadium:mk on Sunday (1 May).
Sexton, meanwhile, is out in front in the list of top 10 backs thanks to his impressive all-round displays, while his direct opponent in the semi-final, Toulouse's David Skrela, is in second place.
In advance of Munster's home Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final against Harlequins on Saturday (30 April), Denis Leamy and Doug Howlett are highly ranked in the respective backs and forwards lists, while Quins' playmaker, Nick Evans, is in seventh place in the Index of leading backs.
To access the Amlin Opta Index semi-finals preview in the ERC Statistics section of ercrugby.com, follow this link