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.
That hard-fought success sees the former Heineken Cup finalists sit five points clear of the relegation zone with two league games left to play, although they remain one of six sides who could yet join Lyon in slipping into the Pro D2.
But despite the pressures of possible domestic relegation, flanker Benoit Guyot insists European glory is still a major priority for the Basque outfit, especially as winning the Amlin title offers them a way back into the Heineken Cup next season.
"We did a good job at the weekend against Racing to improve our chances of staying in the Top 14 but the job is still not done," said Guyot, who played the full 80 minutes against Racing.
"Beating Racing was hugely satisfying. Racing are a team with so many world-class players but we faced up to them really well. Their forwards are much bigger than us but we never gave up and we can be proud of our performance up front, especially in the line out.
"Now we are fully focussed on producing something special in the Amlin Challenge Cup. Winning the Amlin is the only way for us to get a Heineken Cup ticket for next year.
"We also want to win this title as a thank you to (legendary France prop) Sylvain Marconnet who finishes his career at the end of the year.
"We definitely aren't taking this competition lightly because it's the only way for us to finish the season well - a season which started very badly."