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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 21:26 GMT 22:26 UK
O'Sullivan upbeat after victory
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan
Eddie O'Sullivan was happy with Ireland's resolve in the game
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan focused on the positives in his team's display despite labouring to a 14-10 win over minnows Georgia in the World Cup.

"I think we were better than last week and that Georgia played really well," said O'Sullivan.

"It wasn't a phenomenal performance but we showed a lot of guts at the end to hold them out.

"We've had two nerve-wracking games and I hope they stand us in good stead for the game (against France) in Paris."

He added: "In the first half we pushed the game a bit too much and we had some good chances but in the second half the Georgian's raised their game.

"We gave them a lot to play for with the intercept (for Georgia's try) and kicking poorly - they ran us back and pinned us down."

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll was relieved after being given an almighty scare by Georgia in Bordeaux.

It was Ireland's second limp performance since arriving in France following an unconvincing opening Pool D victory over Namibia.

We're still in the competition but it's looking likely that we're going to need to win our last two games.

Brian O'Driscoll

"That was a very tough game - we didn't play wonderfully again but you've got to give a huge amount of credit to the Georgians," he said.

"They really came out and obviously put a huge amount of pressure on us, particularly up front. And once they were within a sniff, they grew in confidence.

"When you're within one score, anything can happen.

"We showed some good resolve to hold them off at the end and some good defence."

With games against France and Argentina to come, O'Driscoll admits Ireland have a lot to do if they are going to qualify for the quarter-finals.

"We'll have to assess things and obviously we're going to to need a considerably better performance against the French," he added.

"We're still in the competition but it's looking likely that we're going to need to win our last two games.

"We knew we were going to have to pull out big performances to come out of this group and nothing's changed."



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