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.
Their topsy-turvy campaign - losing at home to Ulster Rugby then promptly winning the return at Ravenhill - highlights the inconsistency that has been their undoing.
"It's hard to account for and that consistency is something that is difficult to put your finger on," said Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder.
"Two years ago we were playing really, really well and there are not many sides that go to a Heineken Cup final and win quarter-finals and semi-finals as we did.
"We were outstanding that year, without a doubt, and I guess with a little bit of luck in that last 40 minutes we would have come home with the Heineken Cup.
"But we are where we are and we're searching and working hard to get that 80 minutes. We've still got a good side and hopefully we can pick things up a little bit more and get back to those consistent winning ways."
The Saints did take a bonus point away from their 21-16 defeat at Castres Olympique in Round 2 but automatic qualification as the Pool 4 winners is Ulster Rugby's to lose.