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Ireland's Grand Slam dream is shattered in Wales

No 100th cap joy for O'Connell
No 100th cap joy for O'Connell

WALES: 23 IRELAND: 16

Wales destroyed Ireland's Grand Slam dream at an emotionally charged Millennium Stadium as they set up a thrilling finale to this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Wales, Ireland - and potentially England - could all be in the title mix in next weekend's final round of Six Nations action, but Irish hopes of a first tournament clean sweep since 2009 ended following a 23-16 defeat.

Substitute centre Scott Williams' second-half try proved the difference in comfortably the best game of this season's championship, while full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked five penalties and fly-half Dan Biggar dropped a goal.

Ireland responded with a 69th-minute penalty try, plus 11 points from fly-half Johnny Sexton's boot, but they suffered a first defeat in 11 Tests and only their third since coach Joe Schmidt took charge almost two years ago as the occasion of their skipper Paul O'Connell's 100th cap ended in despair.

Read Roy Curtis's verdict on Ireland's 6 Nations agony in tomorrow's Sunday World newspaper.