Wales deny England with another Six Nations crown

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Updated: March 16, 2013

Wales demolished England by a record 30-3, denying England the Grand Slam and retaining their Six Nations crown on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium.

Needing to win by more than 7 points Wales turned on the style producing their biggest victory over their rivals with the 27-point margin surpassing the 25-0 win chalked up in Cardiff 108 years ago.

How quickly things can change. Wales lost an 8th consecutive match on the opening round of the Championships and seemed in turmoil however they havent conceded a try since that game against Ireland, and the form produced today was a stark reminder of what they achieved in the World Cup and last year.

All the big names returned to form, Mike Phillips having his best game in more than a year, Jamie Roberts was crossing the game line at will and Warburton who was at his brilliant best, all good news for the Lions management.

Up front Jones and Jenkins destroyed the English while the loose forward trio of Tipuric, Warburton and Faletau dominated every breakdown. This enabled the exciting backs the chance to express themselves at pace and that they certainly did with Alex Cuthbert scoring 2 sublime scores built on complete rugby, power, pace and skill.

Leigh Halfpenny again staked his claim for the no. 15 Lions jersey with a top draw display on attack, in defence and with the boot.

England had only 5 players that had previously played the Welsh in Cardiff and that lack of experience showed as they simply crumbled under the pressure and succumbed to the pace and power of the Welsh all round play.