And it was the way the Irish adapted to the conditions that pleased O'Sullivan no end.
"It wasn't a spectacular game," continued O'Donovan," not a champagne performance by any means but it was a hard job well done. If you'd asked me a month ago would I settle for three from three I'd have taken that. Today we were asked to grind out a win and I'm delighted with the way the lads were able and willing to do that.
If O'Sullivan was generous in his praise for his management colleague O'Donovan, team captain Brian O'Driscoll made special mention of his team-mate, Girvan Dempsey. "I thought he had a fabulous game. I'd say it was his best performance ever in an Irish jersey. His bravery under the high ball was incredible. He didn't put a foot wrong all day." O'Sullivan agreed and the praise was well justified. Dempsey was immense throughout and no-one can now have any doubts about his right to the number 15 jersey after this display - coupled with the ones against Fiji and Australia. He joins an elite band of players whose name becomes automatically pencilled in to Ireland team sheets as will be the case for some time to come.