And O'Driscoll, who hung up his international boots just last month after their momentous victory over France, admitted he and and his teammates had not been at the races.
"We just didn't play well. It was 6-6 at half-time but we didn't come out and play. We made too many mistakes and too many turnovers," he said.
And his head coach on club duty Matt O'Connor admitted that the men in blue were disappointed to not be able to send out their talisman on a high.
"Yeah, definitely, disappointing for him and I'm sure he'll be disappointed off the back of the performance," he said.
"All the lads are gutted we sent him out that way but that's sport sometimes and like we said we were second best, and there's no excuses."