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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 February 2008, 20:16 GMT
Skipper Jones hails Wales belief
Wales captain Ryan Jones celebrates a historic victory over England
Jones hailed his side's 'tremendous effort' after the win at Twickenham
Wales captain Ryan Jones described his team's stunning win over England as the greatest day of his career.

"It was a fantastic effort and the win was thoroughly deserved," said Jones, in his first game as skipper.

"Even when we were 10 points down we had belief in ourselves. We knew we were good enough."

With Scotland looming next week, Jones added: "We've got a big game next week so we'll go home and have an early night ready for training."

Wales' memorable success came just five months after their record-breaking 62-5 defeat at Twickenhan in a warm-up for their ultimately unsuccessful World Cup campaign.

I think we matured in the second half as a group and we could be on the verge of something very good

Ryan Jones
But new coach Warren Gatland's revolution started in style as Wales fought back from a 16-6 half-time deficit to beat the old enemy in their own back yard for the first time since 1988.

Lions star Jones continued: "Warren and Shaun Edwards have done a pretty good job but it has been a real team effort.

"We've got 22 guys in our squad and a great backroom team but to turn England over in their own back yard is something special. It is a tremendous effort.

"The guys showed huge composure and self-belief and after a few choice words at half-time it was important we went out and imposed ourselves.

"I think we matured in the second half as a group and to do that in an arena like this shows we could be on the verge of something very good."

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Wales full-back Lee Byrne and scrum-half Mike Phillips both scored second-half tries, in reply to Toby Flood's score.

Gatland praised the "outstanding" second-half display of Gavin Henson after the centre complained of a sore Achilles at half-time.

But it was the flawless kicking of James Hook that gave Wales a shot at glory and this team immortality.

The Wales outside-half kicked 16 points, four penalties and two conversions, as the pupil won the battle of the No 10s against England master Jonny Wilkinson.

"He is maturing as a player and he is getting better," Gatland said of Hook.

Beating England is great but we must keep our feet on the ground

Wales fly-half James Hook
"His second-half performance was pretty good but there are aspects of his game that he needs to work on. A couple of his cross-kicks put us under pressure and we won't hold anything back in terms of trying to improve these players."

Hook's heroics earned him the man-of-the-match award but he warned his team-mates not to be carried away by their success in the first week of the tournament.

"I didn't think about the weight of history when I was kicking," said Hook.

"The boys worked hard to get the ball into good positions for me and it is happy days that the ball kept going over and things worked out OK.

"Beating England is great but we must keep our feet on the ground and not get too carried away.

"The win has boosted our confidence, but there are four other sides in this Six Nations Championship, not just England."

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