Lots of English fans left disappointed on Saturday night

Ireland's Paul O'Connell lifted the trophy in the end

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell lifted the trophy in the end

The Irish nation may have erupted in celebration as our heroes in green retained their 6 Nations rugby crown – but there were a lot of disappointed English fans crying into their beer on Saturday night.

The BBC has announced record-breaking viewing figures for Saturday's gripping RBS 6 Nations finale between England and France at Twickenham, with a peak audience of 9.63 million tuned into the action as England won 55-35, but came up just short in their attempt to overhaul Ireland after their earlier win against Scotland.

The BBC said that figure passed the previous best of 9.56m for England against France four years ago.

The other games on so-called Super Saturday attracted peak audiences of 5.1m for Scotland against Ireland at Murrayfield and 4.1m as Wales beat Italy in Rome.

The BBC Sport website, meanwhile, recorded 8.22m unique UK browsers on Saturday, surpassing a previous-best figure of 8.03m during the 2012 London Olympics.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "What an amazing end to such a thrilling Six Nations Championship, and duly reflected in such a huge audience figure of 9.63m on BBC One, with millions more accessing content through radio, online and digital platforms."

WATCH – Bale’s car attacked by Real Madrid fan

Bale failed to shine against Barcelona

Bale failed to shine against Barcelona

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale felt the backlash of an angry supporter after his disappointing display in his side’s El Clasico defeat against Barcelona on Sunday.

Bale has come under fire from Real Madrid fans in recent months and has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital, with Manchester United among the clubs believed to be keen to sign him.

One prominent Spanish newspaper refused to give Bale a mark out of ten for his performance in the match at the Nou Camp, with the jeers that have rung out for him in recent weeks likely to multiply after a defeat that saw Real Madrid fall four points behind their deadly rivals in the Spanish title race.

This video clip below shows one angry Madridista hitting out at Bale's car last night, with the less than efficient security guard slow in trying to stop the supporter getting at the £86m superstar's car.

Memalukan!!! Dasar Fans Karbit. Maho Maho. pic.twitter.com/X5o49xaGYi

— Leo A'unk™ (@S_Agung10_) March 23, 2015