...Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll takes part in a TV interview at the Killiney Castle Hotel...
Seebelow for the thoughts of Ireland centre and captain Brian O'Driscollahead of Saturday's Guinness Autumn Test match against South Africa.
- ON IRELAND'S PROGRESS -
"I think we have developed a lot in the past two or three seasons - in fact I have a feeling we've even developed since last year's Six Nations. Okay we didn't win on the summer tour but we pushed the Kiwis very close on two occasions.
"People took stock that those games were actually there for the winningand when you get near losses like that it makes you push that extrayard to win the next time.
"Maybe sides like Ireland go through experiences like that in order tobelieve you can beat the top sides and play well on a consistent basis.I think we're getting to that place."
- ON THE FEELING WITHIN THE SQUAD -
"You look at the people who are not up for selection through injury and there's really only Fla (Jerry Flannery). The boys seem in good shape and the confidence is reasonably high. That doesn't count for much when you get out there on the field but it's where you want to be, at the same time.
"The feel-good factor is definitely there but we really have to playwell if we're going to beat South Africa like we did two years ago.They will be coming here quietly confident as well because, don'tforget - they beat Australia and New Zealand in their last twoTri-Nations matches.
"It should make for a great game because it will be two confident sides going toe-to-toe."
- ON FACING SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OPPOSITION -
"Youcan't expect to win matches straight up - you have to realise that ifyou play well, you will win. That's what it comes down to. South Africawon't come here and lie down, allowing us to take over. We have to playagainst these sides.
"The inferiority complex against the Southern Hemisphere teams issomething we're trying to put behind us. Whether it's dead and buriedyet, we'll soon see.
"There has always been a core group of guys who believed they could winthe big games, but now there are more guys who believe it.
"It's when you get that total belief from 1 to 15 that you do it more consistently and that's what we need to do - we need to beat these big sides more consistently if we're to do it in a World Cup."
- ON SOUTH AFRICAN COACH JAKE WHITE -
"Jake has been very complimentary this week, which is lovely of him. We like to think we're at a stage now where we don't need anything to motivate us. The opportunity to win a Test match at Lansdowne Road is enough of a carrot for us."
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