Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan has paid tribute to the performance of his pack in defeating England 19-13 at Lansdowne Road on Sunday.
O'Sullivan was full of praise for his experienced team, whose third win in a row in this year's RBS 6 Nations means they remain on course for their first Grand Slam since 1948.
"The forwards played well,'' O'Sullivan said.
''The line-out is as good as any in the world and we delivered some good quality possession for the backs.
"It is all the pieces of the jigsaw coming together against the top teams in the world."
Ireland can now enjoy a welcome free weekend before they take on France in Dublin with the confidence of a side who have beaten the world champions, albeit an Andy Robinson team going through a period of transition.
"Our try was very well worked," said O'Sullivan. "We had worked on that set-up over the week and it worked a gem. It was as good a try as we have scored in a while.
"We gave a great platform to Ronan, who struck the ball very well and kept England outside the strike zone. We put a fair bit of pressure on their line-out. A lot of good stuff, not perfect, it never is, but a very good performance. I think we lost only one line-out in the whole game."
O'Sullivan also praised 25-year-old Wasps flanker John O'Connor, playing only his second RBS 6 Nations match.
"He was able to dog it out for 80 minutes in what is a war zone," said O'Sullivan. "Johnny is not the biggest guy in the pack, but he certainly punches above his weight.
"We watched him closely with 15 to go and he was still doing the business, still knocking people down, still making a nuisance of himself at the breakdown and he was right on the pace of the game. He is growing into being an international very quickly."
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