Jones: Wales have momentum
Despite losing opening game against South Africa, Wales' Alun-Wyn Jones believes his side have established World Cup momentum.
By Emma Bird
Last Updated: 14/09/11 9:49am
Despite losing their opening game against South Africa, Wales' Alun-Wyn Jones believes his side have established World Cup momentum.
Wales' 17-16 defeat to the Springboks means they cannot realistically afford any further slip-ups in their Pool D clashes. They face Samoa up next on Sunday followed by Namibia and Fiji.
Yet lock Jones believes Wales are on the right road in pursuit of a spot in the quarter-finals.
He commented: "The funny thing is we are always under pressure, given the nature of the beast and what we are involved in.
"Sometimes, the bigger the game, the better the player and the better the team can be for it. The first win here has proved elusive but there is momentum even from a loss this time, which we can use to our advantage."
Samoa began their World Cup campaign on Wednesday morning with a comfortable 49-12 victory over Namibia. The Samoan's strength and pace proved too much for their opponents, with the other teams in their group, Wales, South Africa and Fiji, all closely analysing the match.
Jones added that Wales had previously evaluated the Samoan victory over Australia earlier this summer, noting that their work in contact was just as outstanding as their tackling.
He said: "Samoa have always had great individuals, guys who figure for European teams," yet he believes there will still be trademark Samoan rugby when the two sides meet on Sunday.
He continued: "You usually get one big tackler in a side but with the Pacific Island teams, they are all equipped to make big hits."
Samoa have beaten Wales in two previous World Cups, in 1991 and 1999, however it is only Stephen Jones who remains in the current squad from 12 years ago.