The Irish camp were keeping their powder dry on the eve of the RBS 6 Nations decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow.
Warren Gatland raised a few eyebrows earlier in the week with comments suggesting the Welsh players disliked Ireland more than any other team but both Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll and coach Declan Kidney played a dead bat when quizzed on the Welsh coach's thoughts.
"I haven't picked up too many newspapers this week," he said. "I don't really have anything to say about it," said O'Driscoll as he hopes to guide his side to a first Grand Slam since 1948.
Kidney also preferred to look forward to tomorrow's clash. He said: "We were always going to play Wales last match but to have so much involved on it adds a little bit of spice. It's a huge privilege to be here. These are the occasions you are in sport for. You just want to enjoy it and that is what everyone must do.
"We have given ourselves a chance. We are away from home against the champions in their own backyard. It doesn't come any tougher than that. I am delighted for the players, they've worked really hard, and I know they are going to give their all tomorrow.
"I've been put in a situation now where I have a job to do, the lads have a job to do and we will go about our business."
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series