Ireland well off the pace as Grand Slam champions Wales run riot


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.

Gatland finished his 10th and last Six Nations with Wales by winning a fourth championship, and as the first coach to win three Grand Slams in the tournament's 136-year history.

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Wales were unchanged from the side that beat Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend, while Ireland showed three switches as full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Tadhg Beirne, who made his Six Nations debut, all started. He's stepping down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, when he hopes to collect the biggest trophy yet.

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

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

"All I do is try to get the preparation right and the best preparation for top-class players is to be in pressure cooker situations and to try and work their way through them".

Wales Hadleigh Parkes celebrates scoring a try with Jonathan Davies. Pic INPHO  Alex Davidson
Wales Hadleigh Parkes celebrates scoring a try with Jonathan Davies. Pic INPHO Alex Davidson

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

Wales quest for a Six Nations Grand Slam has one final hurdle with Ireland travelling to the Principality Stadium this Saturday.

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

"We're in a good position", he said.

"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 odd things to you and we probably had to force it a little bit".

"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.

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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