O'Driscoll believes that the key difference this time came from the Irish attitude.
O'Driscoll covered a huge amount of a sodden Lansdowne Road pitch but still was quite happy to admit that his close friend and number 10 was simply "awesome".
Man of the Match, O'Gara was delighted with his and the overall performance. "This is a great day for the whole team, both players and management alike. The hard work over the last few months has definitely paid off. I was very happy with my own game but this was about a complete team effort. It was brilliant."
Eddie O'Sullivan was contentment itself when he faced the waiting media."This is something very special. It is very much a thing to be savoured, especially since we came so close in New Zealand. It was always going to be the team that weathered the storm best that would survive. The tackling was ferocious and we kept our shape. I am very happy with the players."