Wales crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions after Ireland demolition

Aubrey Yates
March 17, 2019

The below-par display was the final act of a campaign that began with a loss to England and also featured disappointing showings against Scotland and Italy.

Wales have moved to number two in the latest World Rugby rankings following their Six Nations title clinching victory over Ireland this morning.

Wales have now claimed four Grand Slams in 15 seasons - 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2019 - and they will head to the World Cup six months from now as major title contenders.

And the team gave coach Warren Gatland, who will step down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, a flawless Six Nations sendoff. "We didn't look too exhausted did we", grinned Gatland referring to England counterpart Eddie Jones' dig that they would be worn out for the game. "At the end of the day, the pitch and conditions are the same for both teams".

"We have to be more consistent, dust ourselves off and hope we finish strong in the World Cup". They haven't a huge amount of game time so I think it is important to invest in people and I think that was part of the remit we decided we were going to prioritise in this Six Nations.

After the restart, Ireland's discipline continued to fail them and Anscombe continued to make them pay, the methodical stand-off going 100% off the tee and kicking the Welsh into an unassailable 25-0 lead.

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"We lost to two very good sides and we have to address why".

Larmour did dance his way over with the last play of the game to at least save face for Ireland, but they were a long way off their rampant opponents, who will enjoy their night. "They've had so many days in the team when they've been the hub upon which the wheel has turned and the wheel has generally gone forward".

"They scored after a couple of minutes and you're always under a little pressure and we didn't respond overly well to that pressure, giving up penalties".

"The one thing I would say is don't give up on this team".

"If it's closed and wet, we might as well have the roof open and let the rain come in".

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