Gatland, who steps down after the World Cup later this year, still tried to suggest they could creep in to the World Cup unnoticed but fell short.
Congratulations Warren Gatland and his Wales team for a thoroughly deserved Grand Slam - and what a job the New Zealander has done. The team will definitely grow from this.
"Those two guys are not the reason we lost and those two guys we'll continue to invest in", Schmidt declared.
Former Ireland global Stephen Ferris thinks teams have adapted to Ireland's tactical approach and says the body language isn't positive from the men in green.
Sexton, the World Rugby Player of the Year, and scrum-half Murray were both called ashore in the final 10 minutes but Schmidt explained that he wanted to keep the pair on the field even though they were underperforming.
"They're a hard-working and skilful bunch who will take this on the chin".
Wales trained on Friday morning at the stadium with the roof closed due to poor weather conditions, having previously trained this week at the stadium with the roof open.
Jones - winning his 125th cap - said it was reward for hard work crowned with a performance that made last year's Six Nations Grand Slam winners look very ordinary.
"I've got to have that belief and self-confidence in us, and if I can portray that on to the players in some small way then hopefully they can believe it as well".
"Emotion plays a huge part in big games like that".
They reserved their best for last and I am delighted for Gatland and his team after the fuss about the roof being open or shut at the Principality Stadium.
With today's 25-7 drubbing of Ireland in Cardiff, Warren Gatland's side won their 14th straight test match to leapfrog Ireland in the rankings.
"But when you don't get that you've gotta earn something elsewhere and we weren't as good as Wales today".
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