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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dan Biggar hails huge physical effort from Wales

Wales' Scott Williams is congratulated by Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar
Wales' Scott Williams is congratulated by Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar

Dan Biggar has hailed Wales' monumental mental and physical effort that underpinned the finest defensive display in RBS 6 Nations history.

Wales made a Six Nations record 250 tackles - including one remarkable second-half spell when they successfully repelled 32 attacking phases - that helped reduce Ireland's Grand Slam bid to rubble at the Millennium Stadium.

Giant lock Luke Charteris hit the heights of making 31 tackles himself - breaking former France flanker Serge Betsen's previous Six Nations-best in the process - while skipper Sam Warburton, number eight Taulupe Faletau and lock Alun-Wyn Jones were not far behind as Ireland huffed and puffed, but could not break Wales' heroic stonewall resistance.

"It just seemed like wave after wave was coming at us," fly-half Biggar said.

"That we held out was a huge testament to the work we have put in and showed how together we are as a squad.

"To come through against probably the best team in Europe was a massive relief and a boost to our confidence.

"I didn't think there was anything between the two sides, but maybe we wanted it that fraction more and maybe that showed in those 32 phases," he added.

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