Ireland played really well against Italy on Saturday. To score that many points away from home was fantastic.
Their attack at the beginning of the second half was truly outstanding. Italy's defence fell apart and Ireland used their pace time after time.
They had put the marker down first to make certain they would win and they played well in the first half to do that even though they started slowly.
Italy can feel aggrieved by the try they conceded just before half time (when Denis Hickie's scoring pass to Gordon D'Arcy was forward) but after that Ireland put them to the sword.
Ronan O'Gara played very well but Hickie was absolutely fantastic. His pace caused havoc all the time. D'Arcy was also up there as one of the players of the tournament.
Ireland's championship was disappointing because they wanted to win the Grand Slam or the championship but neither happened. They were very close to it and that is something.
They lacked consistency, playing really well against England and Italy but started poorly in several of the games, such as against France, where we suffered the consequences, and against Scotland.
The Ireland team have to focus getting far more physical in the opening twenty minutes. They are good enough to pull away from teams at the end of games but have to do the hard work to start with.
They can still do very well in the World Cup. It will be a lot closer than people think.