Jones: ‘Wales record not good enough’

Date published: March 19 2017

Aside from the bizarre circumstances which saw Wales' game with France tick up to 100 minutes, Alun Wyn Jones knows their record was unacceptable.

Saturday's late defeat was Wales' third of the competition, with victories only coming over Italy and Ireland.

A third win looked on the cards in Paris after six Leigh Halfpenny penalties put Wales in the driving seat as the clock looked set to run out, only for 20 extra minutes due to a series of penalties close to the Welsh line keeping the match going far longer than expected.

Jones felt Wales had produced enough to win the contest and but was left looking at the bigger picture, as Wales finished the tournament in fifth place.

"(A) bit of bemusement that we got to 100 minutes on the clock, minus time off," Jones told the Western Telegraph.

"We felt we did enough to win that. The repeated penalties almost gave them a crutch to get to the end. We'll have to look at it.

"Irrelevant of what happened at the end there, we feel we're a better team than that. Two from five isn't good enough.

"We felt we deserved more today but we're not going to use the last 20 minutes, which is outside of the 80 minutes (as an excuse)."