Geoff Parling of England is tackled by Toby Faletau (L) of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
Geoff Parling of England is tackled by Toby Faletau (L) of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Michael Steele / Getty Images

Wales wipes out England to secure Six Nations crown

A RAMPANT Wales tore England apart 30-3 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium yesterday to win back-to-back Six Nations Championships for the first time since 1979.

Wales started the game needing a seven-point victory to wrestle the title away from the undefeated English.

Instead, two second-half tries by winger Alex Cuthbert gave the Welsh their biggest victory over their fierce rivals, the 27-point margin surpassing the 25-0 win chalked up in Cardiff 108 years ago.

Under fire after crashing to an eighth successive defeat when beaten by Ireland on the opening weekend of the tournament, Wales led 9-3 at half-time before cutting loose after the interval, scoring 21 unanswered points.

The win elevated Wales alongside England in the Six Nations competition with 56 wins each.

Elsewhere, Italy beat Ireland for the first time in the tournament's history, winning 22-15 in Rome in what may prove to be Brian O'Driscoll's last game for the Irish.

France defeated Scotland 23-16 in Paris, but it was not enough to prevent the French from winning the dreaded wooden spoon for the first time since 1999.


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