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Wales crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions after Ireland demolition

Alun Wyn Jones says Wales have now put a target on their backs after clinching a deserved Six Nations Grand Slam with a 25-7 win over an ill-disciplined Ireland. AFP  Paul ELLIS Ireland insist Millennium Stadium roof stays open
Sidney Guerrero | 17 March, 2019, 06:55

Gatland, who steps down after the World Cup later this year, still tried to suggest they could creep in to the World Cup unnoticed but fell short. "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. So they've said to the Six Nations directly, "can it be closed?"'

"Look, it is a very competitive Six Nations", said the 36-year-old grizzled hooker.

"I'm disappointed" Schmidt said when asked about the manner of Ireland's defeat.

"We're trying to build those two guys forward".

Rory Best's Six Nations send-off is one he will hope to forget as Ireland were bested in all areas by Grand Slam winners Wales in Cardiff to finish a disappointing Championship.

"If every time that isn't going well and you take them off then I don't think you're growing them back to where they need to be".

"Our discipline which usually doesn't let us down it allowed them to get the distance ahead of us".

Warren Gatland became the first coach to win three Six Nations Grand Slams. AFP  Paul ELLIS
Warren Gatland became the first coach to win three Six Nations Grand Slams. AFP Paul ELLIS

"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".

Asked about the roof situation, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We know, as players, that it's going to be open".

Ireland will play two World Cup warm-up matches against Wales as part of their tournament preparations, which will also feature matches against Italy and England.

With today's 25-7 drubbing of Ireland in Cardiff, Warren Gatland's side won their 14th straight test match to leapfrog Ireland in the rankings.

We arrived there and a lot was said about making it good for spectators and the sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and it was very damp.

Another Anscombe penalty opened up a 13-point lead as the interval approached and, with the rain pouring down, Ireland appeared more miserable than the weather, being dominated by a title-hungry Wales team.

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