Alun Wyn Jones battles through pain to lead Wales to Six Nations glory | Andy Bull

The lock forward injured his left knee early on against Ireland but soldiered on, showing how formidable a captain he is

At least all that rain will wash the streets clean. By the time everyone is done in Cardiff, they will surely need it. The fans there had two good reasons for drinking on Saturday evening, which is two more than they really needed. The Irish were at it because they had a day they wanted to forget, the Welsh because they had one they never will.

It was as if the city was hosting a wake in one room and a wedding in another. In the end 25-7 was not quite a record score. Wales had won by more four times before but, hell, there cannot have been many games that played out so one-sided when the teams had seemed so evenly matched and had so much at stake.

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