Kidney: O'Driscoll fine

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney eased fears over Brian O'Driscoll after the Leinster centre was stretchered off in the 70th minute of Ireland's win over England at Twickenham.

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney eased fears over Brian O'Driscoll after the Leinster centre was stretchered off in the 70th minute of Ireland's win over England at Twickenham.

O’Driscoll was accidentally struck on the head by the knee of team-mate Paul O’Connell and was tended by medics before being carried from the pitch.

“Brian took bit of a bang. It was nothing – he was out on the pitch at the end. He’s good and is enjoying the win as much as anyone,” said Kidney.

“Brian just felt he should make Paul do the press conference to make up for him giving him a bang on the head with his knee.

“There’s no risk of concussion. He’s fine.”

Ireland were delighted to nudge their Six Nations title defence back on track with a courageous display full of character.

A fortnight ago they were humbled 33-10 in Paris but with two-try hero Tommy Bowe leading the charge, they bounced back at Twickenham.

“That was an important response after France,” said O’Connell.

“Brian said yesterday that teams are defined by how they react to losses but we could have picked an easier one to get back on the horse than England at Twickenham, especially as they had their backs to the wall as well.

“I don’t think we played outstandingly well but we showed a lot of intensity and a high work-rate.

“To come back and win the game with eight or nine minutes to go is a good feeling. The guys are very pleased with that.”

Bowe’s two tries sandwiched one from Keith Earls as Ireland, who were on defensive duty for most of the match, showed a clinical finishing touch that was beyond England.

“It’s great when you have backs like we do. They are great finishers, confident guys who can do it either way,” said O’Connell.

“Finishing is something the guys work hard on and it came off today.

“We don’t mind how we win but it’s a great when you score three tries on a day like today.”

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