Jones - Wales must deliver
Wales fly-half Stephen Jones insists defeat against Scotland in their RBS Six Nations clash would be unthinkable.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 12/02/10 4:37pm
Wales fly-half Stephen Jones insists defeat against Scotland in their RBS Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium would be unthinkable.
England shattered Wales' Grand Slam and Triple Crown ambitions last weekend when they won 30-17 at Twickenham, and the pressure is now well and truly on Warren Gatland's men to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive with victory on Saturday.
Gatland has largely kept faith in his side and has made just two changes following the England defeat, calling up goal-kicking Cardiff Blues wing Leigh Halfpenny and Ospreys lock Jonathan Thomas.
Scotland are expected to play a tighter, more kicking-orientated game than against France last week, but Jones is determined the Welsh can break them down.
"We have a top-draw set-up, and it is about us players delivering," said Jones, who is set to make his 85th Test outing on Saturday.
"When you lose, you know things haven't gone your way as a team and you have under-achieved. You come under a lot of pressure and are aware selection issues will arise.
"But the management have stuck with the bulk of the team that played against England and it is up to us to repay that faith and perform.
"When we kept the ball (against England) and had good continuity I thought, in patches, we looked very good and dangerous.
"That's the positive and it is what we have to deliver for 80 minutes on Saturday.
"We have to win, we have to be successful - we have to be. We believe in our own ability, we believe in the squad we have and the management we have."
Jones passed the ball at fly-half 24 more times than his opposite number Jonny Wilkinson during the Twickenham clash and Wales still lost by 13 points, leaving them extremely frustrated.
"Our gameplan is to get our brilliant runners we have into the game as often and as early as we can," said Jones.
"We have to try to manipulate the opposition as well. We are looking for a variety, and it's a fine line, which is why we came in really frustrated and disappointed after Saturday."
Jones has featured on the winning side seven times from nine attempts against Scotland, but refuses to take his opponents lightly.
"I would never under-estimate Scotland," added Jones.
"For sure, it is going to be a challenge this weekend, but we are the ones playing at home, we are the ones disappointed with our performance last Saturday and we have got to make sure that we perform."