Ireland’s slim hopes of claiming a back to back Six Nations crown were well truly taken away by a Wales who completed the Grand Slam by winning 25-7 in Cardiff.
In a was billed as a crunch match between two of the world’s top teams, it was anything but as a superb Welsh side claimed the Six Nations Championship and the Grand Slam in front of a packed Principality Stadium.
Ireland who were hopeful going into the game, never got going and they were punished within 90 seconds as Wales crossed over following a kick in behind.
Although there were only two tries in the game, Ireland’s dire display and ill-discipline ultimately won the game for Wales as they scored 18 points via the boot.
Ireland’s penalty count was so bad that they conceded more penalties in the entire game than they previously did in the whole tournament.
Joe Schmidt’s men were lucky not to be white washed and were given a constellation when Lamour crossed over in the final minute.
Ireland will now have to go back to the drawing board ahead of September’s World Cup.
Scores as follows:
Tries: Parkes (2)
Conversions: Anscombe (3)
Penalties: Anscombe (18,36,40,54,70), Tipuric (49)
Tries: Larmour (80)
Conversions: Carty (80)