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O'Driscoll "hails" smart display

Brian O'Driscoll was delighted to see Ireland produce a complete display as they beat England 24-8 to end Martin Johnson's RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam dream.

Captain O'Driscoll scored the second try - a record 25th in the competition - to help his side to victory in Dublin as they finished the tournament on a high note. Victory ensured Ireland avoided equalling their worst Six Nations performance and O'Driscoll was pleased his team finally delivered on their promise.

"We felt we had a big performance in us. We'd been threatening at times during the first four games but lacked the composure we showed here," he said.

"We showed real intensity and this was a complete performance. The pack fronted up and along with the control of Jonathan Sexton were the winning of the game.

"Of course there's a little frustration that it's taken until the last game of the Six Nations to produce that, but those games are gone. All we could do was put in a performance that we felt we owed ourselves more than anyone else.

"We are the ones who know what hard graft goes in and the sacrifices made. I never believed we became a bad team in a year, we just perhaps hadn't got the breaks and been as clinical as we had in the past.

"We put that right to some degree. It was an impressive performance and the result took care of itself. We weren't a million miles away in the other games but here the ball stuck and hopefully we can push on from this. There's not much point in having a big performance every four or five games."

O'Driscoll's 47th-minute touch down saw him become the championship's all-time leading try scorer with 25, surpassing a record that has stood for 78 years.

"It's a nice thing to think about, but I've never been one for individual accolades," he said. "You win and lose as a team and 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."


From Belfast Telegraph