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Last Updated: Monday, 27 October, 2003, 13:48 GMT
A crazy night in Adelaide

By Brian O'Driscoll
Ireland centre

What a mad night we had after that victory over Argentina. The one-point victory might as well have been a landslide.

We had some great craic after a few beers. We didn't go daft, but we had a mad hatters night when everyone went out and bought the craziest hat they could find.

That lifted our spirits as we were absolutely shattered. It was a great relief.

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll says the Ireland fans were superb
The pressure on us was unbelievable. No-one really knows just how much we were under.

There will be no such nerves going out against Australia next weekend.

We will be completely relaxed and try to beat them. What have we to lose?

The media in Australia have not given us one little chance against the Wallabies.

We are completely written off, and it would be lovely to prove them wrong.

And of course, it would be a marvellous confidence booster for us as well.

Naturally we will need to improve our performance after Sunday. We never really got out of the blocks against Argentina.

It was just one huge relief at the end. You could see it written all over our faces.

I had to get help in finding my parents and take them into a separate room
Brian O'Driscoll
When we got into the changing rooms we just flopped into chairs. There was no cheering and shouting. We knew we had not performed at all.

But it was just a huge relief to know that we were into the quarter-finals and we have at least two more games minimum to play in Australia - that is a nice thought.

We felt for Alan Quinlan. Having to leave us after scoring the only try of the game is a major blow.

That was his third try and he was becoming a real scoring machine in the World Cup.

But I'm told he is going to be following us around for a week to give us morale support.

Typical Quinney, though. He looked on the positive side in that he's just glad that he helped us through.

I suppose he unintentionally really took the big hit for the rest of the team.

Alan Quinlan
Alan Quinlan scored the game's only try - before being injured
The support we got in Adelaide was absolutely mad. The Irish crowd were brilliant prior to, and after, the game. People were just going crazy.

I suppose it was just as much relief for them as it was for us.

Typical Irish, though, it's now an excuse to stay out in Australia for another little while, and undoubtedly there were one or two calls home to the local bank manager for a top up.

We had a function upstairs, but we just could not get moving in the hotel as there were fans everywhere.

I had to get help in finding my parents and had to bring them into a separate room to have a chat with them on their own.

It was just bedlam. But that's the Irish for you - organised confusion.

Hopefully we will not be too confused come Sunday in Melbourne when we hope to give the Wallabies something to think about.





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