Welsh dominance of European rugby continued when they completed the Grand Slam with a win over France in Cardiff. The hard-fought 16-9 victory secured Wales’s third Grand Slam in 8 seasons.
Unlucky to go out in the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2011, this Wales side can now bear comparison with the great Welsh team of the 1970s. It might lack the flamboyant flair of that team, but the modern Wales play with a ruthless efficiency that is rewarded by results.
The only try of the match was scored by the 21 year-old Alex Cuthbert, who only broke into the Wales side this season. "It has been incredible," he said. "If you had said to me at the start of the year that I would be playing in the Six Nations, never scoring the try in the Grand Slam match, I would not have believed it. I have a lot to learn but the big thing about this team is that our best days are to come."
Coach Warren Gatland now has ambitions to see this Wales side challenge the southern hemisphere sides for global supremacy. "We have to become consistent," he said. "I want us to challenge the top teams in the world. We have a young side and over the next 2 or 3 years I think we can do that."
The Grand Slam served as a perfect tribute to Mervyn Davies, the captain of the 1976 Grand Slam-winning Wales side who had died 2 days earlier.