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Late escape delights O'Driscoll

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll could not hide his relief after Ronan O'Gara's last-gasp drop goal secured a great escape victory over Italy in the RBS 6 Nations.

Italy looked to have pulled off a shock win in Rome when Luke McLean's try four minutes from time edged them into an 11-10 lead.

But O'Gara spared Ireland's blushes by calmly landing a drop goal to snatch victory from the Italians.

O'Driscoll admitted Ireland had lacked the killer touch and was glad to have got off to a winning start despite a below-par performance.

"The longer they stayed in the game the more of a threat they were going to be," said O'Driscoll.

"We didn't kill them off and then we spilled the ball five metres out. You can't have those sort of mistakes in Test rugby. You don't get away with them.

"But it was a great result to be able to come back from that. We needed a drop goal in the last few minutes and we got it from Ronan.

"We made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes today. But you can have a substandard performance and lose and have a substandard performance and win. Fortunately for us we won today but there is a lot of work to be done."

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