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14 March 2015; Rob Kearney, Ireland, is tackled by Taulupe Faletau, left, and Dan Biggar, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.  Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

14 March 2015; Rob Kearney, Ireland, is tackled by Taulupe Faletau, left, and Dan Biggar, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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14 March 2015; Rob Kearney, Ireland, is tackled by Taulupe Faletau, left, and Dan Biggar, Wales. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Former Welsh international Barry John has hailed 'tremendous' Ireland following their Six Nations defeat in Cardiff.

Irish Grand Slam ambitions were dashed at the Millennium Stadium where a Herculean defensive effort from Warren Gatland's side propelled the home side to victory and keep alive their own Six Nations hopes.

John, who played 25 times for Wales between 1966 and 1972, believes that the titanic encounter between the two Celtic Nations will live long in the memory.

"This was one of the greatest performances I have seen from a Welsh team in modern times," he wrote in his Wales Online column.

"Yes, it was that good.

"I will go a stage further. It was a phenomenal Wales effort in one of the most incredible rugby matches I have seen.

"Yes, if you want to see which ingredients make up a classic match, then Wales versus Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in 2015 will be remembered as a barometer."

John was fulsome in his praise of the reigning Six Nations champions.

"Ireland were tremendous. They threw the kitchen sink at Wales... and then quite a bit more on top. But Warren Gatland’s men stood firm, displaying incredible resolve, commitment, tenacity and discipline.

"Look, let’s remember just who we have beaten. Ireland came here as defending champions, chasing a Grand Slam and having moved up to third in the world rankings as a result of 10 hugely impressive victories on the trot."

Online Editors