British and Irish Lions: Rampant Lions please Alun Wyn Jones
Last Updated: 15/06/13 3:19pm
Alun Wyn Jones: Pleased with the Lions' ruthless approach
British and Irish Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones was pleased with the way they maximised their chances in their 47-17 victory over the New South Wales Waratahs.
Warren Gatland's side have been impressive in their warm-up matches as they prepare for the opening Test with Australia on June 22.
Despite their emphatic 64-0 win over Combined Queensland-NSW Country last weekend, Jones felt they spurned some tryscoring opportunities in the second half, but was convinced they had been more clinical against Waratahs.
"It was a case of go out and use the ball wisely," he said. "We knew chances would be few and far between tonight.
"It's breakdown, breakdown, breakdown. We can't play without the ball. Whether we are in defence or attack, we want the ball."
Alun Wyn Jones
"When we got chances we tried to make the most of them, especially after the first 20 or 30 minutes."
Lions led 23-10 at the break but Jones admitted they were keen to start the second half as competitively as they had the first.
"It's breakdown, breakdown, breakdown. We can't play without the ball," he added. "Whether we are in defence or attack, we want the ball.
"It's a case of not burning ourselves in both. A few times early on we were probably a bit negligible on the 15m when we were going wide at the breakdown.
"But as you saw, once we started getting them round the corner and spreading them a bit, the holes were opening."
Lions flanker Tom Croft was pleased with the way the lineout worked and admitted the forwards have been given some freedom to express themselves.
"We have new guys together with different systems and it takes a few weeks to settle down," said Croft.
"We've worked hard in raining and worked hard tonight. We've got some great guys in charge of the lineout, Paul O'Connell and Geoff Parling, and it functioned well tonight.
"We got some good go forward ball for the backs to go off.
"We are given licence with the quality of player we have in the side, from the second rows to back-five.
"You want to be playing in the right areas and not throwing these 50-50 balls."