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6N: Sexton believes Ireland can spoil Wales Grand Slam party

6N: Sexton believes Ireland can spoil Wales Grand Slam party

"When you're going over to Wales you know how passionate their fans and players are, how much noise and atmosphere there's going to be in that stadium".

Ireland will show Wales the respect they deserve in their final Six Nations game but believe they can snap their 13-match unbeaten run and deny them a Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday, flyhalf Johnny Sexton has said.

However, Sexton, who scored his tenth global try against France, said: "Honestly, there was nothing majorly broken in the first few games".

The final weekend of the Guinness Six Nations is upon us and we're feeling rejuvenated after Ireland's win last weekend.

Ireland faced an England side also chasing a Grand Slam in Round Five two years ago, so this is not an unfamiliar scenario for Schmidt and his men.

"He has got to go down as Wales" best coach, ' said the playmaker.

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But Wales will clearly draw enormous confidence from their run of form since, not least the manner in which they have eked out wins in this tournament to date, and they will face Ireland on home soil as they attempt to make even more history on Saturday. Take me for example, You want to kick it ten metres from the restart and if you kick it nine-and-a-half there is an error but you are not too far off kicking a good one. 'The home ground get right behind the Welsh team there.

Ireland are still mathematically in the running for the title this weekend but require a win in Cardiff and a win for Scotland later in the day against England in Twickenham to finish top of the pile.

"We still have a shout (of the championship) and we know that if we get a performance then the pressure is on England and then you never know what might happen".

"It's a very, very truncated week for us and very short preparation so it will be a lot less about Wales than it will be about us just trying to get ourselves organised and ready to go".

Here we take a look back at some of Ireland's stand-out Six Nations matches of the Schmidt era. Beirne has been injured through this championship and although returning impressively for Munster; he was ruled out of the French game after experiencing difficulties in training last week, but Schmidt confirmed the turnover specialist is in his thoughts. "I don't think Wales have played well this year but what they are is big, physical and fit and it will be a tough one." . I know he was a really important for the Scarlets when they won the Pro14, ' said Schmidt.

Eddie Jones was non-committal when asked about Itoje in the wake of Saturday's rout of Italy, saying "we'll just wait and see", but the second row's Championship is now definitely over with only 53 minutes played.