Jones - Winning is key
Stephen Jones has called for Wales to raise their level of performance ahead of Saturday's clash with Australia.
Last Updated: 26/11/08 4:19pm
Stephen Jones has called for Wales to raise their level of performance as they prepare for one last assault on a Tri-Nations scalp against Australia on Saturday.
The reigning RBS Six Nations champions have now reached an unwelcome anniversary - exactly three years since they beat either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand.
One draw in nine Tests during that time - against Saturday's opponents Australia - is the best Wales have managed.
Australia were also the last southern hemisphere super-power Wales toppled, with Scarlets fly-half Jones kicking 14 points during a gripping 24-22 success in 2005.
Tri-Nations dominance has continued throughout the autumn internationals and Jones admits Wales must improve in order to end their three year drought.
"We need to raise our standards," said Jones, who will win his 75th cap against the Wallabies. "But if we do get to that level, then we will be successful.
"We didn't have success against South Africa or New Zealand this month. Our performances are better, but it is all about winning.
"When we make line-breaks, we've got to score tries. It hasn't quite happened for us, but at least we are doing good work to cut the line and create opportunities.
"We've got to keep knocking on the door. Winning is everything at international level - and we need to win."
He added: "Against South Africa we had our opportunities, and the first-half display was decent against New Zealand.
"These type of games are always very physical, and speed at the contact area is key.
"You know when you play against one of the big three southern hemisphere teams, it's the area where you have got to be clinical. If you are not, you will be blown off the park."
Jones, who turns 31 in December, is in prime form, as illustrated by a storming display against the All Blacks that had his Wales boss Warren Gatland purring.
Gatland said: "I thought it was the best I have seen him play in a Welsh jersey. I thought he controlled the game.
"I thought he was magnificent, and we wouldn't have replaced him (after 57 minutes) if he didn't have cramp."