O'Driscoll: Win over Wallabies no shock
IRELAND captain Brian O'Driscoll has said their stunning 15-6 victory over Australia, which has blown the World Cup wide open, was no "shock".
After poor performances in four warm-up games and a less than convincing display against the US Eagles on September 11, there was little confidence from the public, but Ireland's outside centre revealed that the squad always believed in its ability.
"It was one of the good days. We felt, as a team, that we had that performance in us," O'Driscoll said.
"It does get frustrating at times when you don't deliver on what you know you're capable of, but in the week leading up to the game we knew we were in the right place.
"It wasn't a shock and we spoke beforehand of not being surprised if we were leading during the match. We underlined the importance to keep playing right up to the final whistle."
The 32-year-old enjoyed the post-match festivities but admits that his body takes a bit longer to bounce back than it used to in the past.
"Going out that night to celebrate with a few beers was important because it's important to enjoy those occasions as a squad," he added.
"Now that I am older, sadly it takes about 48 hours to recover from matches, so I didn't take part in the golf or the white-water rafting."
The skipper, who made his debut in 2000, was too tired to stay up for Dublin's All-Ireland victory but was very proud after watching a repeat of the drama online.
"Dublin's victory completed a great weekend and I was able to catch up on the RTE iPlayer because I couldn't stay awake after our game," he added.