Ireland have only done half the job: O’Driscoll

Ireland Captain Brian O’Driscoll praised his players and the crowd after his team beat Australia 15-6 in their Rugby World Cup Pool match but he also said that only half the job had been done.

Ireland started the Rugby World Cup on a losing streak of four matches but have soared to the top of the Pool C standings having won both of their Pool matches played.

Ireland started with a 22-10 victory over the American Eagles but produced the shock result of the tournament so far when they beat TriNations champions Australia.

The victory is Ireland’s first over any of the TriNations teams in the Southern Hemisphere but they are keeping they feet on the ground as they still need to beat Italy and Russia to stay on top of the Pool.

“It was the performance we knew we had in us,” said O’Driscoll in a post-match interview.

“We swear we were in Dublin with that crowd,” added O’Driscoll of the 58 000 strong crowd who were mostly clad in green.

“Absolutely incredible support and it was our job to give them something to shout about and thankfully we did.

“It’s just half the job done.”

“We have two wins and two more to get so, as much as we’ll enjoy this, let’s not lose sight there are two more games.”

If Ireland remain Pool C leaders they will face the runner up of Pool D (Wales, South Africa, Samoa, Fiji and Namibia) in the quarter finals while Australia look destined to face South Africa in the quarters.

In 2007 Ireland were pooled with Rugby World cup host nation France and Argentina but failed to make it past the pool stages.

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