Six Nations: Wales raise trophy behind closed doorways after lacking out on Grand Slam

Wales claimed both the Triple Crown trophy and the Six Nations trophy

2021-03-27 23:02:00

Wales have lifted the Six Nations trophy in a celebration behind closed doorways held every week after they performed their final match.

Head coach Wayne Pivac admitted the workforce had been on an “emotional rollercoaster” as they noticed their hopes of clinching a Grand Slam ended by France final week within the dying seconds of a gripping Paris encounter.

However after taking the Six Nations crown he stated “the solar does come up within the morning”.

After the Welsh loss to Les Bleus, it meant France had an opportunity of denying Wales the title on Friday – however provided that they secured a bonus level victory and a successful margin of 21 factors or extra.

They failed and the French misplaced the sport in further time to Scotland.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster the final seven days,” Pivac stated.

France's Brice Dulin scored their fourth try to beat Wales in overtime
France beat Wales final Saturday to maintain alive their Grand Slam hopes

“We put in by far our greatest efficiency in opposition to the French, and I assumed we had completed sufficient halfway by way of the second-half to have received that recreation, however it wasn’t to be.

“To lose it within the final play of the sport was devastating. The boys actually wished that Grand Slam, so we had the lows of not attaining that.

“Then we did not know if it was adequate to win the championship. Ready (virtually) seven days for that match after which having to undergo that match with so many moments that stored us on our toes.”

He added: “The final week, it most likely took me till Wednesday or Thursday to actually wish to come out of the home, purely from the viewpoint that it was a sickening feeling for the gamers who had labored so onerous.

“They’ve needed to put up with rather a lot within the final 12 months and we have all needed to reside by way of this factor (coronavirus pandemic).

“It was actually onerous to take, I’ve bought to say, however the solar does come up within the morning, as folks say.”

The gap got smaller in the last 10  minutes of the nail-biting game
Wales had been compelled to endure an agonising wait after the loss in Paris

Wales are actually only one behind England when it comes to total Six Nations title triumphs and their newest success got here after a poor 2020 after they received simply three Take a look at matches – beating Italy, twice, and Georgia.

It was Pivac’s first yr on the helm since after succeeding Warren Gatland, and Six Nations silverware underlines how rapidly Wales’ fortunes have been rotated.

“It isn’t about me, it is concerning the workforce. We’re very a lot a workforce,” Pivac stated.

“I do know the rugby public damage once we do not win a Take a look at match, similar to how we damage. That’s anticipated, it goes with the territory. However moments like this make up for the unhealthy occasions.”

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