Few things were as predictable as a furious fallout from Wales' 40-24 victory over England on Saturday.

Nothing eats up column inches like the old rivalry, particularly when there is a sense of injustice or one side's performance warrants an all-out inquest.

Throughout the reams of analysis, though, there was a noticeable undercurrent. Few explicitly said it but there is an inescapable sense that Wales have bluffed their way to a Triple Crown.

Through gritted teeth, perhaps because it felt cathartic, some commentators managed to pen the line: 'England didn't lose because of the ref' or words to that effect.

But some of the comment has bordered on disrespect.

One report branded Saturday's referee Pascal Gauzere as "Wales' new best mate", said that an extra medal will be required if Wales go on to win the tournament and accused the Frenchman of attempting to make up for the lack of crowd, Wales' '16th man'.

Another, from Scotland, says that Lions boss Warren Gatland will now 'go all in on lucky Welsh'.

The piece goes on: "Wayne Pivac's players are no better than Gregor Townsend's but Warren Gatland will now pick them ahead of ours when it comes to marginal calls.

"He will base his decision on results and also his long-standing love of players from the country he used to coach.

"Lady luck has been on the side of the Welsh all throughout the competition... Wales are nothing special."

For the sake of full disclosure, I was not enamoured with what Wales produced at Murrayfield and I wrote as much on this website. There was, and still is, plenty of room for improvement in this side and they'll tell you that themselves.

"We haven’t really played the house down yet," admitted Pivac.

But they do now deserve credit. If matters outside their control fall into place, Wales can win the Six Nations a week early. No team has ever fluked their way into this position.

To suggest that is to conveniently overlook some key points.

It is a fact that Wales are the most clinical team in the competition. When they get into the opposition 22, they average more points than any other team and they are yet to play Italy. Their average of 3.5 points per visit is over twice as many as Scotland, for example.

Then you must accept that rugby is a sport played without the ball, as well as with it, and four of the tournament's top five tacklers are currently Welsh.

Neither Lady luck or Pascal Gauzere were the ones dragging themselves off the floor and getting back in the defensive line to withstand the next onslaught coming their way.

Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones with the Triple Crown Trophy

Next there is the individual brilliance of players like Louis Rees-Zammit's, the quick thinking of Kieran Hardy and the destructive force of George North.

Theirs is a pack that has stabilised the scrum and stood up to every physical confrontation that has come their way.

No, Wales have not played the house down but they are no mugs. They have managed moments in games when they are under pressure and they have taken advantage when they get into the ascendancy.

They've made life tough for themselves but they've come out on top.

In the cold light of day, they scored four tries against Scotland after losing six of their starting XV from the week before - with Jonathan Davies and Josh Adams also absent.

Then they stuck 40 points on England, who were the second best team in the world and healthy favourites to win the Six Nations before a ball was kicked.

Wales got the rub of the green - find me a Triple Crown-winning side that hasn't - in the first half against England but they had to win the game all over again in the second half and they dismantled their opponents in the final quarter.

If Wales go on to win the Grand Slam, Warren Gatland will probably favour Welsh players.

Maybe it will be because they will have proven themselves capable of backing up big performances with another - something Scotland have consistently failed at - or maybe it's because he'll want players who know you can't smack your shoulder into an opponent's face.

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And yes, maybe it will be because they will be winners.

There has been fortune along the way but you don't win silverware without a good bounce here or there.

But fortune and fortune alone does no put a Triple Crown trophy in your hands. Wales deserve more credit for putting themselves in this position.