Adam Jones: British and Irish Lions taking nothing for granted against Australia

Last Updated: 03/05/13 1:46pm

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Adam Jones: Expecting a serious test at scrum time against the Wallabies

Adam Jones: Expecting a serious test at scrum time against the Wallabies

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Adam Jones says there is no chance of the British and Irish Lions underestimating Australia this summer.

The Lions are favourites to record a first series win since 1997, when they triumphed 2-1 in South Africa.

However, tighthead prop Jones has played 88 times for Wales, with nine of those coming against the Wallabies, and he has been on the winning side just twice.

His most recent memory of playing in Australia was a 3-0 Test series defeat last summer, when Wales lost all three games by a combined total of just 11 points.

"Not many people realise how good Australia are when the pressure is on," said the Ospreys star. "They beat us last year 3-0, and we had a chance to win that series.

"They are very, very good under pressure, and they have been preparing for this (Lions tour) for a year. Don't underestimate how good they are going to be.

"There are hundreds of excellent players in the southern hemisphere. Everyone is saying it's the best chance for the Lions to go out there and win, but you can't underestimate them. That will come back to bite you."

Jones is likely to start in the first Test against Austraila and any suggestions of a suspect Wallabies scrum is met with short shrift.

He said: "Ben Alexander is one of the best tightheads in the world, (James) Slipper and (Benn) Robinson are excellent props, and the two hookers are no mugs either.

"It is something the British media have made up."

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