Grand Slam has put a target on our backs: Jones

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2019

Wales last reached second spot during the last Rugby World Cup after stunning England during the pool play.

The roof of the Millennium Stadium will be open during the crucial Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday.

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".

"We have self belief and character, we are not going to shy away, we have been unconvincing at times too but we have put a target on our backs".

Nothing went right for disjointed Ireland as they relinquished their title with a whimper, Gatland - who will end his long reign after the World Cup - becoming the first coach to mastermind three Grand Slams in the tournament.

"It was a fantastic performance".

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.

"They deserve it. This group of players will run through a brick wall for you", he said.

The Principality Stadium threatened to lift from its foundations, with Wales making it 14 games unbeaten and giving head coach Warren Gatland a record-breaking Six Nations swansong.

"Knowing that it was my last Six Nations game, you want it to be a fairytale and you want to win and to win in such a place like this would have been massive for the team but would have involved us having a massive performance", said Best.

Gatland eulogised about Jones in answer to Davies labelling him as the best player of all time for Wales.

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

Sexton, the World Rugby Player of the Year, and scrum-half Murray were both called ashore in the final 10 minutes but Schmidt explained that he wanted to keep the pair on the field even though they were underperforming.

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

The only way that the roof could now be closed would be at the discretion of the referee.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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