CJ Stander going over to score one of his three tries in Ireland's win over Italy
Flanker Stander and wing Craig Gilroy both claimed trebles as Ireland racked up a record Six Nations win over the Azzurri, atoning for their 27-22 Scotland defeat in style, with Keith Earls claiming a brace and Garry Ringrose also crossing.
But Stander remained adamant Ireland must not get ahead of themselves however, anticipating a bruising clash with France in Dublin on February 25.
Craig Gilroy scoring one of his three tries in Ireland's hammering of Italy
"We were disappointed last week so we knew it would be tough right from the off in Italy," he said. "Not winning in Scotland has made it tough for us when it comes to the title and what chances we have. Everyone knows that, so beating Italy is great.
"I wouldn't say we're back in the mix for the title yet though, I'd just say we're one step closer. France are an extremely tough side, they have some unbelievable players in their team, so we have two weeks to prepare for that match to make sure we're at our best."
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Stander became the first forward in Six Nations history to claim a hat-trick. The 26-year-old was genuinely surprised and humbled to be told the news.
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"Really? Wow, there you go. I didn't know that at all, but that's all testament to the hard work of the team," he said. "The boys made it easy for me, I was just on the end of the hard work from everyone."