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 Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.