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Ireland well off the pace as Grand Slam champions Wales run riot - as it happened

Wales 25 Ireland 7

By Tony Considine

Rory Best's Six Nations send-off is one he will hope to forget as Ireland were bested in all areas by Grand Slam winners Wales in Cardiff to finish a disappointing Championship.

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From the moment Hadleigh Parkes crossed after just 61 seconds to the last of Gareth Anscombe's six penalties, Ireland were taken apart by a much superior team at the Principality Stadium and needed a last-play try from Jordan Larmour to avoid being shutout.

Wales now celebrate just the third Grand Slam in their history and replace Ireland in second in the world rankings heading into the World Cup later this year.

In truth, once Parkes gathered Anscombe's chip over the top and dived in for the opening score, there was no coming back from that for Ireland.

Jacob Stockdale had their best chance of the first half when he got a partial breakaway and surged down the wing, only to be hauled back by Parkes as he went into the 22.

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.

After the restart, Ireland's discipline continued to fail them and Anscombe continued to make them pay, the methodical stand-off going 100% off the tee and kicking the Welsh into an unassailable 25-0 lead.

Jonathan Davies of Wales and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales celebrate winning the Grand Slam and Six Nations Championship (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Jonathan Davies of Wales and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales celebrate winning the Grand Slam and Six Nations Championship (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Hadleigh Parkes scores the opening try for Wales (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Hadleigh Parkes (Geoff Caddick/AFP)

Larmour did dance his way over with the last play of the game to at least save face for Ireland, but they were a long way off their rampant opponents, who will enjoy their night.

Here's how the afternoon unfolded:

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