Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll insists his side's form is not far removed from that which saw them claim a first Grand Slam in 61 years two seasons ago.
Ireland play Wales at the Millennium Stadium today (kick-off 5pm) looking to keep their hopes of a Six Nations title win and a Triple Crown success alive.
The visitors have lost just once in the Welsh capital since 1983 but they have come in for plenty of criticism despite winning two of their three games so far in the competition.
O'Driscoll insists that both sides are good enough to be in the reckoning for glory when the championship reaches its end next weekend.
"Because of the high standards in Wales and Ireland, people are aiming for the ultimate and to chase slams," O'Driscoll said.
"We are not a million miles away from where we were a couple of years ago, but we have a little way to go."
Ireland's discipline has come under scrutiny yet O'Driscoll thinks they will lower their penalty count as they look to stay in the title mix and insists they are taking it just one game at a time.
"All we can do is try and win our last two games," he said.