Alun Wyn Jones confident of better Wales performance against Scotland

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has set his sights on bouncing back from defeat against England
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has set his sights on bouncing back from defeat against England
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Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones is confident of putting up a complete performance when they lock horns with Scotland in the upcoming Six Nations encounter in two weeks time.

In the 42 games played between the two countries at Murrayfield, Wales have won 20 and lost 21 matches but since 2013, they have tasted defeat in just one game against Vern Cotter's men.

Even though, Wales started the tournament with a 7-33 win over Italy, they lost to England 16-21 where they allowed the game to slip in the closing stages after Elliot Daly crossed over for the visitors.

Despite, the defeat, Jones is pumped up and believes Wales are improving with every game they play and is raring to take Scotland on.

"I think the competitor in all of us would rather play again tomorrow," skipper Jones said, as he began reflecting on Wales' first loss in five games.

"We've got two weeks to regroup. We feel we improved on the first weekend (against Italy), and we can only improve again.

"We've five minutes to work on, probably. I sound like a broken record. If you go back a few years, we were probably saying the same thing, but the vast majority of the performance was a vast improvement.

"Improvement for everyone is pretty limitless. We improved from the Italy game, and we will continue to work to do that again.

"I make no bones in saying it, we win as a team and we lose as a team, and we will improve as a team as well."

In the game against England, Wales looked very competitive and had a lead of 16-11 heading into the final 10 minutes following a try from Liam Williams and a 11-point contribution from Leigh Halfpenny.

However, it was Eddie Jones' men who had the final laugh controlling the last 10 minutes. The Wales skipper admitted that the team was disappointed with the result and also credited England's resilience.

"We were a bit more clinical, or tried to be, at times, we tried to be smarter and use the ball more. But ultimately, it was a performance that fell five minutes short.

"It was a vast improvement on the 35 minutes that have probably been missing in the past, but we fell short. Simple as.

"We don't try to be the great entertainers. In times gone by we have been with the way we have come back into games, but this one was going to be a tight affair throughout, whether we were going to be trading in threes (penalties) or tries.

"I said in the week about physicality, momentum and being able to be clinical. We matched them with physicality, but ultimately we feel that we hurt ourselves in those last few minutes.

"They (England) were as good as we said they were before the start of the game.

"We matched them with the physicality and were able to stop the momentum they had coming into the game - and in the game - for the majority, but winning is a habit and they are on a roll now. Unfortunately, we fell short."

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