The finale between France and England lived up to all the expectations. It was a real finale, and showed that France have managed to catch up with England's level of play.
I knew we would win because it is so rare to have a match like that against our arch-rivals, at the Stade de France, with the Grand Slam at the end of it. France had to win it, it was too important. They gave all they had and showed they have gained valuable experience since the World Cup defeat to England in Sydney last November.
Between then and now the French team have grown up, matured, and found the strength to react in front of such a great team as England and in a context where so many things are at stake. They proved intelligent and experienced.
The surprise came in the attack. They did what they have struggled to do in their previous four matches, that is to say push up front and put the pressure on their rivals. They took control of the English, especially in the first half.
The half-back pairing of Frederic Michalak and Dimitri Yachvili also proved excellent. Frederic put the World Cup behind him for good, he showed a lot of composure and proved to himself he can perform at the highest level. As far as Dimitri is concerned he was definitely the man of the match for me. He is intelligent and smart in the game, his goalkicking is efficient. This was his best international match ever.
This is all very encouraging for France. When a great player like Fabien Galthie retires, the question of his succession is always a difficult one. But the youngsters lived up to expectations and it shows that French rugby has a wealth of talent.
As far as the other countries engaged in the competition are concerned Ireland confirmed their good form while Wales proved they are gradually getting back to their top level. They are progressing fast. Italy have developed as well, they win more and when they lose, it's by a tighter margin.
Scotland got the wooden spoon this time, that is disappointing of course, but they are such a young team. They have the future ahead of them and I am sure they will soon impose themselves again as one of the top rugby nations.