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Ireland can face down history and sweep to RBS 6 Nations title glory in Paris next weekend, according to Brian O’Driscoll. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hailed O’Driscoll as the “final bastion” of creative centre play. The British and Irish Lion set a new world-record Test appearance tally of 140 and a new 64-turn Six Nations mark to boot, and admitted he was “embarrassed” by all the attention. O’Driscoll’s stunning hat-trick guided Ireland to their sole Paris victory in 42 years in 2000: now he believes Schmidt’s men can return to that scene and steal the Six Nations crown. “I couldn’t have asked for a better close to playing at home in an Irish jersey,” said the Leinster midfielder. “To score 46 points and only concede one try, it really made the day what it was. “I’ll remember that for a very long time. “I got emotional at the end; it was hard to take it all in. “I think maybe when I go back and maybe look over it again, I’ll probably get more emotional then. “But it was very, very special, if a little embarrassing, but it was still great. “I feel we have the capability to win there of course, more so now than many of the other times we’ve gone over there. “But we realise just how tough a challenge it is. “We’ve won once there in 42 years, one win and one draw. “We realise the size of the challenge, but we feel as though when we go well we’re a difficult team to contain. “So we just have to get ourselves up for one massive performance.” O’Driscoll teed up both Johnny Sexton’s tries, and the score for Andrew Trimble. As he stepped off the field on the hour-mark, to a man the Aviva Stadium rose to acclaim the icon’s last Dublin turn in international colours. O’Driscoll will retire in the summer, and is confident he will do so with Ireland in better fettle than ever. “I think it was nice to be able to have involvements in important moments in the game,” he said. “I take as much satisfaction in setting up tries as scoring them, I have to these days, I don’t tend to get too many myself any more. “The second-half performance in particular, we did a lot of great work from the first half tiring them out. “We played with a lot of ball, and that’s where we got our just rewards in the second half. “Since the All Blacks game we’ve really created a great atmosphere, and off the back of the performance there that’s instilled confidence in the crowd. “I think that’s important and hopefully we can hold onto that. “It was great, special because it was the last one and you have to take it on its own for what it was. “But a really great point was made that it was a semi-final for us, because there would be nothing afterwards if we didn’t win. “We had a really good win today, and we’ve put ourselves in position for a final. “We need certain combinations to happen next week, but at least we’re the last team to play and we’ll know what we need to do. “Hopefully we’ll go and win in France – and that will be enough.” Schmidt confirmed Conor Murray was withdrawn in the opening exchanges after feeling unwell. Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has tipped Ireland to win the championship in Paris, while also conceding his side suffered their worst reverse in his tenure. “I think Ireland can win the tournament because they have great continuity in their performance,” he said. “They are showing this over many games, like the All Blacks in November and even against England despite the defeat. “From a result point of view, this is our worst performance in my time. “But in the first half we showed good defence, and we had some good possession. “In the second half Ireland kept the ball, and our defence wasn’t as competitive as in the first half.” Stalwart centre O’Driscoll brought down 15 years of international rugby in Dublin by sparking Ireland’s 46-7, seven-try hammering of Italy on Saturday. The 35-year-old created three of Ireland’s tries as the hosts overwhelmed the Azzurri to set up a potential title decider against France next Saturday. Press Association
5. So how could Oxford get in?â€¦First of all, Oxford needs to beat West Elk and then beat Udall. That is a tall order considering Udall is undefeated and beat Oxford 54-6 earlier this season in a non-district game.Then it would come down to convoluted tie breaking. Cedar Vale-Dexter, who is hosting Udall, tonight for the South-Central Border League title would need to win thus giving Oxford the chance to win the tiebreaker. 10. And same goes with Argonia-Atticaâ€¦The A&A Titans are No. 4 in the eight-man Division II ranks behind Chetopa, Wallace County and Stafford. In the K-Preps.com poll the Titans are listed in â€œothers.â€ Only Chetopa and Victoria are in the top five in both polls.Follow us on Twitter. 1. Whatâ€™s on tapâ€¦ Norwich at Argonia-Attica 2. So who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure of making the playoffs from Sumner County? â€¦Conway Springs, the No. 2 team in Class 3A, is in. The Cardinals wonâ€™t lose to Belle Plaine tonight and it is highly doubtful it will lose to Chaparral either. Mark them on your state playoff bracket. West Elk at Oxford 4. Oxford has an outside chanceâ€¦Oxford is currently 1-2 in the Class 2A District 2 race and will have West Elk which is also 1-2. The problem is the Wildcats will need a lot of help if they want to make the post season. Make that a LOT (emphasize capitalization) of help. Oxford, which lost to Sedan 59-32, is beat up.But with some innovative new math, the Wildcats are not out of it. 3. Who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure not be making the playoffs from Sumner County?â€¦Â Belle Plaine. The Dragons have Conway Springs and Cheney left on the schedule which makes it likely they will have their second consecutive 0-9 season. At the end of 2014, Belle Plaine will probably be saddled with a 19 game varsity losing streak. 8. No big games this week in District 4â€¦Caldwell should beat South Haven. But who knows after the Cardinals beat up Norwich last week. South Barber should cruise against Pretty Prairie and A&A will have its night with Norwich. All playoff decisions will be made next week when the Titans travel to South Barber. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” 10 things to know about Sumner County football this weekâ€¦ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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However, there isnâ€™t as much love in the KPreps.com poll, which is in northeast Kansas. That poll has the Cards fourth behind Silver Lake, Rossville and Scott City. 7. The 8-man Division II District 4 is a messâ€¦Three teams are vying for the top two spots in this district to get into the playoffs. A&A as mentioned above, South Barber and Caldwell. A&A is 3-0, South Barber is 2-1 and Caldwell is 2-1.But in head-to-head tie breaking scenarios, A&A is 1-0, Caldwell is 1-1 and South Barber is 0-1. If the Chieftains upset A&A that could be result in a three-way tie which plays a host of possibilities. A&A beat Caldwell, Caldwell beat South Barber and possibly South Barber beat A&A. Who gets left out?