O'Driscoll: We put it together

Ireland captain scores a record-breaking try and hails their "smart game"

Last Updated: 19/03/11 10:11pm

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O'Driscoll: Record-breaking try

O'Driscoll: Record-breaking try

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Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said they put "the whole package" together in beating England 24-8 in the RBS Six Nations.

O'Driscoll scored a record-breaking 25th try in Five and Six Nations competition in Dublin as Ireland ended England's grand slam hopes with their best display of the competition.

Tommy Bowe also scored for Ireland while Jonathan Sexton kicked four penalties and a conversion in what was a fine all-round performance from the home side.

Despite an avowed intention to play a more expansive game, Declan Kidney's side had struggled to put all the ingredients together prior to Saturday.

O'Driscoll told the BBC: "We knew it was in us, for some reason it hadn't happened in the first four games.

"Parts of our game were really good but we hadn't been able to put the whole package together.

"We played a smart game, an intense game, and they couldn't live with us.

"We lost the second half but to score 24 points against this team is an impressive innings.

"We won the slam two years ago and had a mixed bag last year, and even though we had nothing tangible to play for today it's great to finish with a resounding win."


Man of the match Sexton edged out Ronan O'Gara to selection at number 10 and O'Driscoll continued: "We're very fortunate to have two top-class out-halves. Sexton did the business today when a lot of people were saying Ronan should have started."

O'Driscoll's 47th-minute touch down enabled him to surpass a competition record that had stood for 78 years.

"It's a nice thing to think about, but I've never been one for individual accolades," he said later.

"You win and lose as a team and today we'll very much enjoy this win as a team.

"Individual accolades are what you think about when your career is finished, but I hope I have a bit left me in so I won't dwell on it."

Of the decision to hand him the number 10 jersey over O'Gara, Sexton said: "It was a close call who started and I was delighted to get the nod.

"It's just a brilliant day for everyone involved. It wasn't really about me, it was about me doing as much as I could for the team."

Had Ireland lost, it would have left them with their worst return since the competition was expanded to six teams and they had faced criticism in the build-up to the game.

But Sexton added: "We've just been making individual errors and people have been looking for reasons why we've not been playing well, I think penalties have been killing us as well.

"We tend to get a little negative in Ireland and sometimes it was warranted, sometimes it wasn't."

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