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.
The 2001 and 2002 winners then have back to back games against Clermont Auvergne in December and O'Connor is expecting the usual severe examination.
"It doesn't matter who is in your group, the Heineken Cup is the toughest provincial club competition that there is - and we will approach it that way," he told the Leicester Mercury.
"We know that every game we play in the competition is going to be tough and that every game is really important."