We didn't play well against Italy - we kind of played as if we had won the game before it had started - and in some ways that played into Italy's hands.
Italy had a fine game and were unlucky with a couple of refereeing decisions but they played on the edge of the laws - there is nothing wrong with that - and they played to the referee, but overall were very impressive.
Paul O'Connell led from the front and took the RBS 6 Nations man of the match award, but to me Italian stand-off Ramiro Pez was the outstanding performer.
For a guy who has drifted in rugby and never really nailed down a club spot he performed very well.
He is now at Perpignan - although not playing a lot - after spells at Leicester and Rotherham. But he played with real composure especially kicking out of the hand - something he is not known for.
I was very impressed with Jerry Flannery who, although he missed a couple of line-out throws early in the game, was a stand-out performer.
I read some of the newspaper reports after the game and they were ridiculously unfair and were giving him a hard time.
In reality he won 22 out of 24 line-outs. Anyone who has those stats is jumping up and down with happiness.
To lose a couple of line-outs early on and get your rhythm back augurs well for the future.
I don't think Saturday's performance was reflective of how Ireland can play so it is about getting their heads right before the game after we forced a lot against Italy.
We need to take the ball with a bit more depth against the French - it will be interesting to see if they employ the 'blitz' defence after what the Italians did to us.
Denis Leamy is under a disciplinary cloud and could miss out - although Leamy is a fine player and one for the future Anthony Foley is a smart rugby player and instinctively knows what to do in any given situation, and the team will still be strong if he plays.
The French are coming back after a defeat to Scotland - so beware the Gallic backlash!
I have played against France and they have been appalling and in contrast I have played against them and you can't get your hands on the ball, but I am optimistic for Ireland's chances.
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.