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

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

The Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland will be played under an open roof at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, despite very bad weather forecast in Cardiff.

Ireland head coach Schmidt is confident his team can recapture their best form in time for the World Cup in Japan.

Gatland - who became the first coach to achieve three Grand Slams in Five or Six Nations history - refused to take any the pats on the back for the success.

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

In truth, once Parkes gathered Anscombe's chip over the top and dived in for the opening score, there was no coming back from that for Ireland.

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.

Joe Schmidt had explained that Wales defied protocol and asked Six Nations bosses to close the roof for the game.

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The 2018 Six Nations champions surrendered their title to Wales in underwhelming fashion.

The stadium roof was open at Ireland's request, but with a forecast of gale-force winds it was Wales that blew the game wide open with a brilliant early try.

Wales were then forced into a major reshuffle when wing George North was forced off injured.

Anscombe, though, was not remotely knocked out of his stride and he kicked a penalty from just inside Ireland's half to put Wales 10-0 ahead after 17 minutes.

"It is disappointing but we will talk about the aftermath afterwards, we should focus more on Wales and a deserved Grand Slam".

"I am proud of the players it is not about me it is about the players they were playing for themselves their families and Wales", said Gatland.

It was a day when they rose to the occasion majestically, inspired by a number of world-class individual displays, but none more so than Anscombe's as he came of age as a Test match performer.

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