Welsh fans celebrate Six Nations championship at Chepstow pub
ECSTATIC Welsh rugby fans celebrated a momentous Six Nations victory at a pub that split the natives from their old enemy England in separate bars.
Tensions ran high but feelings of apprehension soon made way for overwhelming joy as Welsh punters watched Leigh Halfpenny score a penalty 10 minutes into yesterday's game at the Coach & Horses in Chepstow.
Wales quickly extended their lead to 6-0 with another kick by Halfpenny but England seemed they may come back when Owen Farrell scored a penalty, with the help of the right-hand post, minutes later.
These were to be the only points the England squad could clinch in this amazing Six Nations title decider.
Wales scored another kick 20 minutes in and hung on to their 9-3 lead until half time. Then it went all downhill for the English seriously outnumbered in the pub and utterly outflanked at the Millennium Stadium.
There was no stopping "The Boys" who scored two penalties, two tries – one converted – and a drop goal.
Moments after the final whistle, pub landlord Ian Meyrick, 60, told the Argus: "It was absolutely amazing.
"I’ve nearly sold out of beer and hope I can last until the next delivery.
"There was a marvellous crowd here with both England and Wales fans.
"We’re all very happy because they won so easy. I was confident from day one."
Chepstow dad Huw Thomas, 55, said: "It’s immense. I did believe they would win but I didn’t think it would be so emphatic.
"It was brilliant. The team was outstanding and the support capped it off."
Welsh fan Mike Rossiter, 66, said: "The atmosphere was absolutely tremendous."
Dejected England fan Luke Burwood, 33, of Yeovil, Sommerset, said: "After 60 minutes we got a hard battle.
"Playing Wales in Wales is always hard. You just can’t win."
Welsh fan Lee Appleton, 38, came from Cheltenham to watch the game at the pub.
He said: "There was tension for 50 or 60 minutes but it seemed to go away in the last 20 minutes.
"You could see the confidence of the team playing to a home crowd against the old enemy."
The beer was still flowing as I left the Coach and Horses and I could hearing distant cheering as I drove home.
As Mr Meyrick told me inside his Welsh Street pub: "We are the champs."