Justin Tipuric hails dream performance from Wales


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Wales flanker Justin Tipuric felt he was dreaming after they retained the RBS 6 Nations title with a 30-3 defeat of England at the Millennium Stadium.

The hosts needed to win by at least an eight-point margin to secure the Six Nations crown but dominated proceedings against an out-of-sorts England side.

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," he told BBC Sport.

"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."

Success in the competition seemed to be a pipe dream for Wales after a horrendous start to their opening fixture against Ireland.

But Tipuric believes the sluggish start, and resulting criticism, spurred the team on to their title defence.

"We had a lot of bad media but I think it gave us a bit of a kick up the backside," he added.

"We kept tight and we just worked so hard in training."

England boss Stuart Lancaster admitted on BBC1 the better team won.

He said: "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."

Cuthbert acknowledged Wales' poor start to their defence but felt they got everything their hard work in recent weeks deserved by retaining the trophy.

"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."