I'm obviously disappointed by the performance against Ireland, not least because I had a bet before the game with Keith Wood and ended up losing £20!
The margin of the Irish victory on Saturday was very disappointing after we made such a bright start to the game.
Chris Paterson looked in great form early on and made a fantastic sliding run to set up Hugo Southwell's try, but the Irish never lost their composure, and never lost sight of their plan.
Their back row and second row really played us out of the game. Our second row is not the most physical in the RBS 6 Nations Championship, and we were under pressure in the scrum. I also think the Irish targeted the Scottish line-out.
After the bright Scottish start, there was a period in the middle of the match which was really pretty torpid, but it was a period when the Irish managed to strangle the life out of the Scotland pack. The backs just didn't get the platform that they needed.
I believe there are two main areas of concern in the Scotland team and they are at fly-half and tight-head prop. We haven't had a tight-head prop who really dominates the opposition since Iain Milne, and Gavin Kerr was dominated by Reggie Corrigan which shouldn't really be happening.
While it is unfair to single out individuals, we badly need someone who can provide the team with a better platform.
The Irish also identified Dan Parks' reluctance to get involved in the physical side of things and a lot of their attacks went through his channel. He really should have done more to stop Paul O'Connell's try.
Looking ahead to Italy, I'm sure they will also be bitterly disappointed by their showing against Wales.
But they have a big, physical pack of forwards and I have no doubt they will pose a lot of problems to Scotland.
John Kirwan said before the tournament that he believed Italy are now capable of winning away from home, and the trip to Murrayfield will provide him with their best chance of doing that.
Peter O'Mahony was named man of the match against England last month
21 April 2017, 7:22pm
Peter O'Mahony's performance in the RBS 6 Nations finale for Ireland against England was crucial to his selection for the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday, Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed.