Wales thrashed England 30-3 to dash their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes and beat them to retain their title.

Spurred on by a rousing Millennium Stadium crowd, Wales claimed their fourth Championship from nine thanks to two tries from Alex Cuthbert and Lee Halfpenny's four penalties. Owen Farrell's penalty to make it 6-3 was England's sole reply on their most catastrophic day under Stuart Lancaster.

Disappointment in Cardiff for England mirrored Wales' success in 1999 at Wembley, when in the final match of the Five Nations they earned a thrilling 32-31 victory to deny Clive Woodward's men a Grand Slam success.

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Cuthbert scored two tries in the second half

Halfpenny's three penalties gave them a deserved half-time lead as their visitors, despite an uproarious rendition of the national anthem, were overawed.

Wales scored 21 unanswered points after the interval, with Cuthbert scoring the tries while Halfpenny kicked 12 points and Dan Biggar contributed eight, including a drop-goal.

A crushing humiliation for England, Wales' win was their greatest ever against their greatest adversaries, eclipsing the previous record of 25-0, which had stood for 108 years.

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Alex Cuthbert #14 of Wales celebrates with teammates Dan Biggar (L) and Justin Tipuric (R) after scoring his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Sam Warburton of Wales wins lineout ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Wales' Mike Phillips gets the ball away from a scrum under pressure from England's Joe Marler, right, during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Manu Tuilagi (centre) is tackled by Wales Dan Biggar (left) and Wales Jamie Roberts (right) during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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    Wales George North (right) is brought down by England's Mike Brown as he tries to run clear during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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    England's Brad Barritt (second right) is brought down by the Welsh defence during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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    Wales George North (right) is brought down by England's Mike Brown as he tries to run clear during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Wales' Alun Wyn Jones, with the ball is tackled by England's Ben Young during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Wales' Adam Jones, on ground left, and teammate Richard Hibbard, No 2, take England's Alex Goode to the ground during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Chris Ashton runs through the Welsh defence during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Wales' Sam Warburton, right, is grappled by England's Owen Farrell during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Tom Croft wins a line out during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Wales' Sam Warburton, center, is grappled by England's Owen Farrell during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Wales Jonathan Davies (centre) is tackled by England's Owen Farrell (left) and Tom Youngs during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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    Wales Leigh Halfpenny during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Wales' Leigh Halfpenny kicks a penalty goal against England during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Wales Mike Phillips kicks clear during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • England's Ben Young, second right, gets the ball away from a scrum as Wales' Adam Jones, center, looks on during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Wales' Ian Evans, center, is tackled by England's Brad Barraitt during their Six Nations international rugby match in Cardiff's Millennium stadium, Wales, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Leigh Halfpenny of Wales kicks at goal during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Mike Brown of England offloads as he is tackled by Alex Cuthbert of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: George North of Wales is tackled by Owen Farrell of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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    England's centre Brad Barritt (L) runs with the ball under pressure from Wales's centre Jamie Roberts (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    England's fly half Owen Farrell kicks a penalty during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Chris Ashton of England is pursued by Richie Hibbard (L) and Mike Phillips (2nd L) of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: England full back Alex Goode (r) exchanges words with Justin Tipuric during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    England's scrum half Ben Youngs (C) kicks the ball clear during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Manu Tuilagi of England is tackled by Jamie Roberts of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    England's wing Mike Brown (R) makes a last-ditch tackle against Wales's wing George North (C) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Wales's centre Jamie Roberts (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    England's wing Mike Brown (R) makes a last-ditch tackle against Wales's wing George North (L) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Leigh Halfpenny of Wales kicks the opening points of the match from as penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Mike Brown of England is tackled by Alex Cuthbert of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: George North of Wales evades a tackle from Mike Brown of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Jonathan Davies of Wales is tackled by Owen Farrell (L) and Tom Youngs (R) of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Alex Cuthbert of Wales goes past Owen Farrell of England to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Wales's wing Alex Cuthbert (L) runs in to score Wale's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Wales's wing Alex Cuthbert (C) runs with the ball to score Wales's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Wales's wing Alex Cuthbert scores Wale's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Alex Cuthbert of Wales goes past Owen Farrell of England to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 16: Alex Cuthbert of Wales goes past Mike Brown and Danny Care of England to score his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Wales's wing Alex Cuthbert (L) celebrastes scoring Wales's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Welsh team celebrate Alex Cuthbert's try during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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    Wales Alex Cuthbert celebrates scoring the first try of the game during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    England's Manu Tuilagi (centre) is tackled by Wales Dan Biggar (left) and Wales Jamie Roberts (right) during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    Wales Alex Cuthbert goes over for the first try of the match during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    England's Brad Barritt (second right) is brought down by the Welsh defence during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    Wales George North (right) is brought down by England's Mike Brown as he tries to run clear during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    England's Chris Ashton runs through the Welsh defence during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    Wales George North (right) is brought down by England's Mike Brown as he tries to run clear during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

  • Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations Championship 2013 - Wales v England - Millennium Stadium

    England's Tom Croft wins a line out during the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.