Tipuric in 'dreamland' after victory
March 16, 2013
Two-try Alex Cuthbert will be the toast of Cardiff © PA Photos
Wales' Justin Tipuric said he felt like it was "a dream" after he helped side to their second Six Nations title in as many years.
The hosts needed to win by at least an eight-point margin to secure the Six Nations crown but dominated proceedings to beat Stuart Lancaster's men 30-3. Wales' biggest-ever Six Nations win over England was just reward for an attacking display, underlined by two tries from Alex Cuthbert and man-of-the-match Tipuric felt teamwork was at the heart of the win.
"It is a bit unreal really, it is a dream to be honest," Tipuric told the BBC. "We played so well in front of a great crowd and our boys were outstanding and worked so hard for each other. We know what we can do and we have been ready since Monday and to turn up Saturday and with such a great performance...we are chuffed to bits."
The result was a pipe dream following their disastrous start to the competition where they fell to Ireland in Cardiff. And Cuthbert believed that their hard work since that loss - where they won three games away from home against France, Italy and Scotland - meant they deserved their triumph on Saturday.
"We said from the start that we had a bit of blip but we didn't want to let go of that trophy as easy as we could, we wanted it back and we are so glad that we have," he said. "It is indescribable to be fair, the last few years has been with such a great group of guys and we fully deserve this.
"We have worked hard in the last few weeks and it has all worked out - we couldn't ask for anything better."
England will now have to regroup ahead of their tour to Argentina in the summer. Lancaster will have to lift his team's spirits but he conceded that the better team won.
"We got in at half-time and thought we were going okay, although we didn't have the execution right, or dominate the breakdown - and set-pieces were a problem. But the first quarter of the second half wasn't good enough and Wales thoroughly deserved the win, no complaints. Wales played well and we didn't turn up and match their physicality. It's a simple game and their physicality was better than ours."
England backs coach Andy Farrell added: "It's obviously the quietest the dressing room has been in a while. Four good wins on the bounce have got us used to a good feeling. The magnitude of the game and the loss means it is a pretty disappointed, dejected room at the minute.
"In the first 40 we had a big part to play in the game. We couldn't sustain any type of pressure in the Welsh half and at 12-3 down we were fighting for our lives. But then there was a lack of composure around halfway and they got a break. That made it 17-3, with which normal momentum is hard to get back from. And then from 60 minutes we lost our composure, as you'd expect in a game like this.
"All credit to Wales. I thought they beat us in every department today. We've been pretty good at winning lately. We haven't been in this situation before. Seeing pictures after the game, watching the Welsh lift another trophy - good luck to them for that, they deserved it - but we've got to learn the lessons and make sure it doesn't happen again next year."
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