Six Nations: Alun Wyn Jones rubbishes claims fatigue to blame for Wales defeat

Last Updated: 12/03/14 3:33pm

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Alun Wyn Jones: Refusing to blame fatigue

Alun Wyn Jones: Refusing to blame fatigue

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Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones has dismissed the notion that fatigue played a part in the demoralising 29-18 Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham.

Warren Gatland's reigning champions were always second best to a ruthless English pack but Jones rejects suggestions he and other British & Irish Lions in the Welsh squad were suffering from tiredness.

The 28-year-old said: ""I am not sure that had anything to do with the defeat. When you do not have the ball, it makes it much harder and we had to defend a lot.

"I do not know if fatigue is an issue after a long year. Many of us were on the Lions tour, but each individual is different and you would have to ask the opinion of every player.

"It could be an excuse. Although it is a relevant question, I do not think I can answer it. It was always going to be a big load this season, but there are potentially bigger things to worry about.

"You cannot expect teams to be up for a final every Saturday, but you have to in the Six Nations and that is the difficulty we have."

Tough

With hopes of defending their Six Nations crown dashed, Wales host Scotland in their final fixture on Saturday.

Looking forward to the game, Jones said: "Two losses at this stage is not what we were looking for. We are lucky we have another game coming up quickly.

"You can take nothing away from England and credit to them: they starved us of ball but when we did have it 50 per cent of our turnovers were unforced errors and we put pressure on ourselves.

"England have bounced back from the defeat in Cardiff last year and we have to do the same. Scotland took a lot of stick in the first two rounds, but they are gaining in confidence and it will be a tough ask."

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