They did a great job for a broadcaster that has no regular live rugby. TV3 were abysmal, but alas, the RWC which should be the showcase, has come to be associated with awful coverage from Irish broadcasters for three tournaments running. With Virgin Media viewers not having access to ITV's coverage that has been really obvious for the first time.
I think abysmal is a bit harsh - I thought the panel discussions with Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings were well up to scratch, and Stuart Barnes and Liam Toland were excellent summarisers.
Where TV3 mucked up was missing Paul O'Connell being stretchered off while showing ads - that was unforgivable.
I think abysmal is actually fair. (1)Over half the population had only access to an TV3 SD picture (2)on average there was 2 minutes more advertising at the half time breaks than ITV so no time for any real analysis. (3) That Paul O Connell moment. (4) Matt Cooper! (5) there are actually a lot more but I haven't all day to list them.
Having said that there was some stuff they did okay, such as the panel. But then again there was also 'The Sin Bin' possibly one of the worst sport themed chat shows ever (and there's lot of competition for that title)
It was supposed to be a real game changer for TV3 with the majority of the audience tuned in having not watched the station for years if ever. They ended up losing Millions on the operation and annoying huge sections of the public. TV3 did get record breaking figures but I would think that the overall Irish audience was much higher as a lot of people watched the big matches on ITV HD.