O'Driscoll urges hindsight
Brian O'Driscoll admitted Ireland may have pursued the wrong game-plan in their 23-21 defeat by South Africa at Aviva Stadium.
Tommy Bowe and Rob Kearney scored tries in the last 15 minutes as Ireland staged a fightback inspired by the appearance of substitute Ronan O'Gara, who won his 100th cap in incessant rain.
"Only the 30 guys who took to the field have a real understanding of what the conditions were like out there," said the captain. "The ball was like a bar of soap and both teams made unforced errors. We tried to play a bit and to try things out. Maybe that wasn't the smartest thing to do in those conditions but we're trying to build our game-plan and have a go."
He added: "It was also our first international of the season. Individuals will have to look at some of the uncharacteristic knock-ons they made."
Head coach Declan Kidney refused to heap too much praise on O'Gara whose appearance coincided with Ireland's best period, although the Munster fly-half missed a conversion that would have tied the game.
"Ronan had a good influence and Peter Stringer had a lot of influence when he came on," said Kidney.
"The quality of the ball they were getting got better with 20 minutes to go as well when Donnacha Ryan coming on.
"The groundwork was laid by the guys who went before them. A huge defensive effort went into the first 60 minutes. It's easy to write off that first 60 minutes."