Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ruthless Wales seal Grand Slam with emphatic victory

Ruthless Wales seal Grand Slam with emphatic victory

England remain in fourth after a 38-38 draw with Scotland at Twickenham.

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

Jones - winning his 125th cap - said it was reward for hard work crowned with a performance that made last year's Six Nations Grand Slam winners look very ordinary.

While the Welsh Rugby Union denied the accusation, Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted that they have not heard back from tournament organisers yet, but confirmed he had accepted that the roof will be open due to Ireland's refusal to cooperate.

From there it was all about the boot of Anscombe, the fly-half converting three penalties before the break to send the hosts in 16-0 up at the interval.

The New Zealander was also moved to defend his star half-back pairing of Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray as both players struggled to have an impact in the hard conditions.

"We have to be more consistent, dust ourselves off and hope we finish strong in the World Cup".

It's been a Six Nations to forget for Ireland but Schmidt says the current crop will be "gracious in defeat" and take today's defeat "on the chin".

And when asked what Ireland want, Schmidt continued: "We'll adapt, we'll adapt".

"We are just trying to slip under the radar we know on our day we are capable of beating good teams", said Gatland.

"They're a hard-working and skilful bunch who will take this on the chin".

"Obviously, with the conditions being what they were, to go 10-0 behind so quickly was incredibly frustrating and it just puts pressure on you and pressure can do very unusual things to you and we probably had to force it a little bit".

"We've won 23 of our last 26 Test matches, we've finished third in the Six Nations and once upon a time that wasn't the catastrophe that it is today for Ireland", added the head coach.

"For us, I think, the last time it was closed, we arrived there and there was a lot said about making it good for spectators", he said.

'There's been a request from Wales in the interest of the quality of the game and the very poor weather forecast that the roof be closed.

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