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  Saturday, 20 October, 2001, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
O'Driscoll thanks Dublin crowd
Brian O'Driscoll reviews Ireland's win for BBC Sport Online
BBC Sport Online columnist Brian O'Driscoll hails Ireland's win over England as a "massive victory".

The one thing I will take away from the game is the roar from the crowd at the end of the game. 

I have never heard a noise like it, ever. What support!

It was brilliant to get that sort of backing, and the hairs were really standing up on the back of the neck.

It is something that will live with me for a very long time.

There is no doubt we deserved the victory, and by a bigger margin too.


It is our nature to play an aggressive game, and you could sense they were not liking it one little bit

We knew we had to take the game to them, and we did, big time.

Coming in at half-time we knew we had them rattled. We knew that if we just stuck with our game plan, and really competed with them, we could do it.

We knew if we continued to play in their faces they would find it hard to get back.

And, by their reactions, they were surprised by the ferocity of our play.

It is our nature to play an aggressive game, and you could sense they were not liking it one little bit.

Knee injury

There was no doubt that they were expecting something a little easier out on Lansdowne Road.

There were a few occasions when our defence adopted scrambling tactics to keep them out, but it worked.

I think that the pace of the game started to tell on us in the final 10 minutes.

After all, we had played Wales last week, and it was a physical game as well.

But it is just great to be following in the footsteps of Scotland and Wales who also spoiled England's party.


It is not often we beat what is probably the second best side in the world

Us Celtic nations have to stick together or else we'll get left behind.

Unfortunately I got a knock on the back of the knee in the first half, which was very annoying.

I do not know yet how serious it is.

I will undergo a scan later this week and hopefully it is not too much of a problem.

But I can put up with the pain for the moment - beating England is a great boost.

We can go forward from here, and take on and beat teams like New Zealand later next month.

We have never done that before, so that is our next big challenge.

But for the present, we will enjoy ourselves for a few days. It is not often we beat what is probably the second best side in the world.

So we have something massive to celebrate.

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