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Thursday 27 April 2017

Gatland: Jones doesn't need to be superman

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland

Wales boss Warren Gatland insists lock Alun-Wyn Jones does not need to impersonate Superman when he faces Scotland on Saturday.

Jones has avoided the humiliation of being dropped as punishment for his costly yellow card during Wales' 30-17 loss to England at Twickenham last weekend.

"I think he will respond to the disappointment and feel he needs to make amends on Saturday," Gatland said. "We are not talking about going out and being man-of-the-match, just going out there and being accurate, putting your body on the line, hitting rucks when they need to be hit, making your tackles, winning lineouts and pushing hard in the scrum."

He added: "Anything else is a bonus. We are not looking for any Superman effort."

Gatland insisted no thought was given to axing Jones from a side that shows just two changes - wing Leigh Halfpenny replacing his Cardiff Blues colleague Tom James and Jonathan Thomas in for lock Luke Charteris - from Twickenham.

"He is a player who gives 100% and has delivered well for Wales," Gatland added. "He's not a serial offender.

"If it was someone who had picked up lots of yellow cards and given away lots of penalties, then the sanction might have been to leave him out and drop him because you need to make that decision.

"There was no discussion from us in terms of dropping him.

"We all felt he had made a stupid error, and he is an intelligent enough person that he is remorseful and he will learn from it."

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