Jones ready to bash 'Boks
Ryan Jones has called on Wales to be bold as they look to end a miserable run of 11 straight defeats against South Africa.
Last Updated: 10/11/10 6:08pm
Ryan Jones has called on Wales to be bold against South Africa as they look to end a run of 11 straight defeats against the world champions.
The Springboks will be looking to make it two wins from two on their European tour when they go up against the Welsh in Cardiff on Saturday.
They defeated Ireland in Dublin last weekend and have not lost to their next opponents since the inaugural Millennium Stadium Test back in 1999.
However Jones insists Wales must look to build on Saturday's 25-16 loss at the hands of Australia if they are to end that drought.
"They are a world-class opposition with some big stars, and they are coming here to win," said Jones.
"We should never be underdogs at home, and we have to be brave and be bold and take some confidence from last weekend's performance.
"They have an abundance of players, and their back-row has been one of the best for years, whatever combination they've had.
"They always have three big athletes in the back-row, and they will come and be confrontational, as any South African side normally is."
Jones was forced to watch the game against the Wallabies from the stands due to a calf injury but is hoping to play against South Africa.
The Ospreys back-rower trained with his colleagues on Tuesday and will hope to be named in the starting XV by coach Warren Gatland.
"I haven't played a lot of rugby for one reason and another this season, but as you get older that is not always a bad thing," he added.
"I have been around a while now, and I would like to think I can do a job.
"I am feeling good and I am not being held together by tape, as I usually am. I am not on the painkillers and tablets yet.
"I feel pretty good and confident, and if I do get a chance in whatever role this weekend or next weekend, I will enjoy the occasion and take the opportunity."
Jones believes Wales should have won their opening autumn international but paid the price for not turning their dominance up front into points.
"The game was there for the taking," he added. "The next step is to close games like that out and win them.
"The pleasing thing is that we put ourselves in the position to do that. For huge periods of the game I thought we did very well.
"We made a few errors, and maybe tactically we were a bit naive and didn't help ourselves. It was about game management, discipline and big decisions going against us."
Gatland will name his team on Thursday, with the Wales boss coming under pressure to make changes in the backs, with former international Barry John calling for the axing of half-backs Mike Phillips and Stephen Jones.
Hooker Matthew Rees took over as captain in Jones' absence, and the Scarlets forward is likely to continue in that role against South Africa.