Wales retain Six Nations title
Cardiff - Wales thrashed England by a
record-breaking 30-3 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday to
retain the Six Nations title and deny the visitors a Grand Slam.
wing Alex Cuthbert's two second-half tries proved decisive in a match
they had to win by seven points to retain the title for the first time
since 1979, provided they maintained their superior try-count.
it was the defending Grand Slam champions beat a 108-year-old record to
clinch their biggest win over England, surpassing the 25-point margin
recorded in a 25-0 win back in 1905.
"It's unreal, it's what dreams are all about," said Wales flank Justin Tipuric, who was named man of the match.
were outstanding, we all worked so hard, it's brilliant. We knew what
we could do, we talked about it all week and we were ready to play since
Tipuric said Wales's opening defeat at the hands of Ireland had inspired them to their victory.
"We got a lot of bad media. That gave us a kick up the backside, but we all stayed tight."
building a 12-3 lead early in the second half, through four penalties
by full-back Leigh Halfpenny to one from England flyhalf Owen Farrell,
Wales surged ahead through a try by Cuthbert.
That put them 17-3 in front and minutes later Farrell missed his second penalty in three attempts.
Biggar added a drop-goal before Cuthbert stormed in for another try,
with flyhalf Biggar completing the rout with a penalty.
Wales's second victory in a row over England, with the Welsh the only
side to defeat the English in Six Nations action since Stuart Lancaster
became coach of the Red Rose brigade in 2012.