Jones: we must improve

LOCK Alun-Wyn Jones believes Wales still have plenty of room for improvement despite their 21-18 victory over Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The win was the only success by a European side over a Tri-Nations country during the autumn international series.

But Jones says Wales will not be resting on their laurels as they prepare to start the defence of their RBS 6 Nations Championship title in February.

“It’s funny, we won but we still know there is another 10 or 20% to go and knowing that it is a case of not being stagnant and sitting on our laurels and being satisfied,” said the 26-cap forward.

“The 2009 squad, whatever that is going to be, will keep going forward and it just bodes well. Ideally we would have wanted to beat three southern hemisphere sides (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia). It could have created a snowball effect, but it didn’t happen and we have got one win.”

Jones said it was hard for Wales to lift themselves for the Wallabies after the defeat to the All Blacks.

“Coming off that was very difficult. To change our fortunes around against Australia has been a difficult task. But we had 74,000 fans who have been, pardon the cliche, our 16th man.

“When Shane (Williams) scored that first try you couldn’t hear anything. It was one of the best moments playing for Wales, especially getting that win.”

He added: “Our next focus is the Six Nations. The honeymoon period is over with the management. The Six Nations (2008) has gone, the autumn has gone. We are now into the second Six Nations. We really can’t wait to get back and be in this environment and represent your country.”

Meanwhile Wales’ team doctor has allayed fears over the fractured skull centre Jamie Roberts suffered against Australia.

Professor John Williams said: “I’ve never seen anything like this... some of my colleagues... have never seen anything like this.

“It’s an undisplaced fracture so it means that it is a crack which hasn’t moved so it hasn’t caused any internal damage to the brain.

“It is a clean fracture which should heal very easily.”

Scorers for Wales: Tries: Williams, Byrne Con: Jones Pens: Jones 2 Drop-goal: Jones Scorers for Australia: Tries: Chisholm, Ioane Con: Giteau Pen: Giteau Drop-goal: Giteau

WALES: L Byrne, M Jones, T Shanklin, J Roberts, S Williams, S Jones, G Cooper, G Jenkins, M Rees, A Jones, I Gough, A Jones, R Jones, M Williams, A Powell.

Replacements: A Bishop for J Roberts (18), D Jones for Powell (62).

AUSTRALIA: D Mitchell, P Hynes, R Cross, S Mortlock, D Ioane, M Giteau, L Burgess, B Robinson, S Moore, A Baxter, M Chisholm, N Sharpe, H McMeniman, P Waugh, R Brown.

Replacements: L Tuqiri for Hynes (34), A Cooper for Mortlock (3), A Freier for Moore (69), D Mumm for McMeniman (69), G Smith for Waugh (63).

Referee: Allan Lewis (Ireland).

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