Sunday 17 December 2017

Wales still in title hunt - Jones

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones

Wales captain Ryan Jones believes his team remain firmly in the title hunt despite suffering their heaviest RBS 6 Nations defeat of coach Warren Gatland's reign.

Jones and company must regroup for Scotland's Millennium Stadium visit next Saturday following a 30-17 loss to England.

He said: "I don't think we were beaten by a better team, but a team that played better on the day in parts."

He added: "We could have grabbed it at the end - the momentum changed in the second half.

"You can't afford to write us off in the tournament yet with four games to play."

Alun-Wyn Jones, despite his monumental indiscretion, is likely to feature in Gatland's line-up for Scotland.

His trip though, could still attract the attention of match citing commissioner, Frenchman Jean-Claude Legendre, who can report Jones if he feels the offence should have warranted a red card from referee Alain Rolland.

Former England captain Phil Vickery served a two-match suspension during the 2007 World Cup after being cited for tripping USA centre Paul Emerick, so further action against Jones cannot be ruled out.

Skipper Jones added: "It is called Test rugby for a reason, and it's a test for Alun-Wyn as to how he responds.

"He is the first name on the team-sheet most weeks, and he has a long and illustrious career ahead of him. All of us have done something stupid on the field, and it is about not doing it twice."

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