Wales crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions after Ireland demolition

Johnny Sexton of Ireland looks dejected

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

Schmidt revealed that some Irish players spent part of the week in isolation after they were hit by a stomach bug, which disrupted their preparations during a six-day turnaround before the match in Cardiff, but conceded that his team had been out-played by a Welsh side that were buoyed by their hunt for a Grand Slam title.

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".

Gatland's final Six Nations game - he leaves Wales after the World Cup later this year - saw him become the first coach in Five or Six Nations history to win three Grand Slams.

And the team gave coach Warren Gatland, who will step down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, a flawless Six Nations sendoff.

Ruthless Wales sealed a record third Grand Slam under departing head coach Warren Gatland with an emphatic 25-7 victory over lacklustre Ireland at a raucous Principality Stadium.

"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. "We didn't look too exhausted did we", grinned Gatland referring to England counterpart Eddie Jones' dig that they would be worn out for the game.

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"We're in a good position", he said.

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

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

"Look, it is a very competitive Six Nations", said the 36-year-old grizzled hooker. He's stepping down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, when he hopes to collect the biggest trophy yet.

"We lost to two very good sides and we have to address why".

"We'll be first to take our hats off the acknowledge the performance that Wales put in today and then we'll reflect, rebuild and go forward".

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