Brian Abu on a perfect afternoon coloured in by the Hand of BOD
PAUL O'Connell isn't a man given to hyperbole. But in the post-match glow of a shining, special day, his admiration for the undimmed talent of the Man of the Match was genuine. "It was fantastic, the way he played. It was incredible. Some of the stuff he did today we'd never seen before," he said.
The Ireland captain may have been thinking of one particular moment of grace, when Brian O'Driscoll shouldn't have managed to get the ball away, he really shouldn't.
It was the 59th minute and Brian was sprinting for the line, having danced past an Italian player with a flash of that blinding pace and agility which has left so many opponents' hands clutching air.