Wales complete Grand Slam

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Updated: March 17, 2012

Wales claimed their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years when they beat World Cup finalists France 16-9 at the Millennium Stadium here on Saturday.

The Welsh side, marshalled magnificently by fly-half Rhys Priestland and indefatigable flanker Dan Lydiate, produced a nervous display but still managed to dominate a conservative France team that relied heavily on a kicking game.

The victory, following successes over Ireland (23-21), Scotland (27-13), England (19-12) and Italy (24-3), was sweet revenge for the heart-breaking one-point loss Wales suffered against Les Bleus in the World Cup semifinal.

A stunning solo try by winger Alex Cuthbert, allied with three penalties and a conversion by Leigh Halfpenny were enough to see off a French side that scored three penalties through Dimitri Yachvili (2) and Lionel Beauxis.

Italy beat Scotland 13-6 in the Six Nations at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday to earn Frenchman Jacques Brunel his first victory as Azzurri coach.

It meant Scotland finished bottom of the Six Nations for the first time since 2007 and suffered their first whitewash since 2004.

Italy avoided the wooden spoon for the first time since 2007 and heaped pressure on Scotland boss Andy Robinson, whose side have now lost seven matches in a row.