Time for Wales to grow up - Jones
March 14, 2010
Lee Byrne trudges from the field after being sin-binned © PA Photos
Wales tight-head Adam Jones believes it is time for the squad to "grow up" after yet more indiscipline cost them against Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday.
Ireland's 27-12 victory was based on tries scored while Wales were down to 14 men, with Keith Earls and Tomas O'Leary profiting from a mindless sin-binning for Lee Byrne. It is the second time in the tournament, following Alun-Wyn Jones' costly trip against England in the opening round, that Wales have lost games due to their own lapses.
Jones also pinpointed a lack of concentration at a potentially pivotal moment, an attacking scrum on the Irish line, as being costly.
"Our discipline is not good, and perhaps it is time we became more mature and grew up a bit," Jones said. "It was disappointing. We shipped 10 points during the yellow card, the lineout went to pot in the first half and Ireland were very good at the breakdown.
"That series of scrums early in the second half was the turning point of the game. We had a lot of pressure, but we let them off the hook and they scored soon after they cleared their lines. If we could have scored a try or a penalty try at that point, we would have been back in the game. But we failed to concentrate on that last scrum, and for whatever reason the ball went loose and they had a big scrum."
Jones also gave their defensive effort short shrift, criticising the number of missed tackles littering their game.
"I am not sure what is going wrong in the defence," he said. "It is not the standard that we require, and it is very disappointing. It is not through want of trying - nobody goes out there on purpose to miss tackles.
"We have the systems in place, but they are not working because of missed tackles. We are missing one-on-one tackles at the moment. We had a lot of possession and territory, and that is what makes it all the more frustrating. We have under-performed in this championship. There is no doubt about that with the players we have got. Italy is a big game for us now - we have to pull our fingers out and lick our wounds."
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