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Adam Jones: No time for tears as Grand Slam hopes dashed

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

By MARK ORDERS

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ADAM Jones has urged his Wales team-mates to dry their eyes after seeing hopes of another Grand Slam dashed on the opening weekend of the Six Nations.

A 30-22 home defeat by Ireland means Rob Howley's side are out of the Slam reckoning and also the battle for the Triple Crown.

And with away games against France, Italy and Scotland to be played over the next five weeks, they have a daunting schedule to negotiate.

But Jones reckons self-pity isn't an option — and he is adamant the squad need to head for Paris this weekend to take on the French without fear.

The cornerstone of the Welsh scrum insisted: "There's no point crying over this now.

"We have to work hard in training and go out to Paris without fear.

"We know how hard it is going to be out there. We just have to play a bit smarter and play to our strengths a bit more.

"Everyone's disappointed, but what's good about this group is there's a lot of young boys in it and everyone's keen to improve and do well in the next game. That's all you can ask for."

That said, Wales will need to improve hugely on their first-half effort against Ireland if they are to succeed at Stade de France.

Jones acknowledges that it won't be enough to simply talk about righting the wrongs of the opening weekend: Wales will be judged by their deeds.

He added: "People have been coming out after the past eight games and talking about how we do this in training and how we do that in training. But you can be the best trainers in the world — if you don't do it on the field you are going to come off second best.

"But the problems are fixable. It's about playing more sensibly.

"The Grand Slam and Triple Crown are out of reach for us now, so we may as well go out there and try to play as much rugby as we can."

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