Wales 2019 Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam: Best of social

Johnny Sexton of Ireland looks dejected

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

Wales powered past Ireland 25-7 at Principality Stadium with a hugely-impressive performance, the third Grand Slam of Gatland's reign, sealed in his 50 and final Guinness Six Nations match leading the country.

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. So they've said to the Six Nations directly, "can it be closed?"'

"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".

Victory earned Wales its first Six Nations title since 2013, and its first Grand Slam since 2012.

"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.

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.

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Ireland received the final say on the roof but Schmidt refused to be drawn on the subject earlier this week, simply insisting his team would cope one way or another.

"They will run through a brick wall for you and we are a tight knit group".

"He has really matured as a player", said Gatland.

This comes after Ireland coach Joe Schmidt accused Wales of breaking tournament protocol by circumventing his side in the discussions whether the roof should be open or closed. Wales were as low as eighth in the rankings less than two years ago after finishing fifth in the Six Nations. He's stepping down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, when he hopes to collect the biggest trophy yet.

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

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

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