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O'Driscoll: A massive honour

Groundhog Day for Gatland as yellow card proves costly

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O'Driscoll: A massive honour

O'Driscoll: Received amazing reception on the day he won his 100th cap

It was a fantastic feeling and it's a massive, massive honour to have played for my country 100 times

Brian O'Driscoll
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Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll described winning his 100th cap as a "massive, massive honour" after his side's 27-12 win over Wales.

Centre O'Driscoll became just the 13th player to reach the milestone in international rugby when he led his country out at Croke Park.

The hosts made sure their captain didn't suffer defeat on the day he reached his century, scoring three tries without reply to ease past Wales.

O'Driscoll admitted that the reception from the home crowd had left him a little emotional - and made him even more determined to make sure of victory.

Different feeling

"That was a different feeling, probably more emotional than I thought it would be," O'Driscoll said on his landmark.

"It was a fantastic feeling and it's a massive, massive honour to have played for my country 100 times.

"The reception on the way out was an extra on winning the game."

The victory means Ireland remain in the running for the RBS Six Nations title going into the final weekend, when they play Scotland. A fifth Triple Crown in seven seasons is also within their grasp.

"After the disappointment of losing in France it was our target to win our remaining three games and that's still obtainable," O'Driscoll added.

"It's far from a foregone conclusion against Scotland (next week) if people are thinking like that.

"In all the times I've played Scotland they've never made it easy. I anticipate it will be as hard as any of our Six Nations games in recent years.

"We want to be challenging for the Triple Crown and still have an outside chance of the championship.

"It's pleasing with the way we've come back from the disappointment of France."

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted his side paid the price for a lack of patience after being beaten for a third time in four outings this season.

Once again they were not helped by a lack of discipline, with Ireland scoring two tries whilst full-back Lee Byrne was sitting in the sin-bin.

For Gatland it was a nasty case of deja vu as Wales had also suffered when down to 14 against England in their opening match of the tournament, leaking points during the time lock Alun-Wyn Jones' was in the sin-bin for tripping.

Costly turnovers

"We are very disappointed," said the Wales coach. "Ireland were very good and very clinical. We had more territory and possession, but turnovers were costly for us.

"The yellow card was very costly in the game. We haven't learned our lesson from England, and from a coaching point of view that is very frustrating.

"We did create some chances and opportunities, but we tried to force things a little too much.

"We need to keep our patience and work on accuracy."

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards acknowledged that the visitors had failed to match Ireland's high standards in defence.

"I am disappointed we went down to 14 men and conceded two tries, but the Irish defence was better than ours today," he commented.

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