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Stephen Jones warns Wales on error count against Scots

Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 13 February Kick-off: 1400 GMT
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Wales fly-half Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones won his 84th Wales cap in the England clash at Twickenham

Fly-half Stephen Jones has told Wales they must reduce their error count for Saturday's home clash against Scotland.

Jones is looking for a massive improvement after the 30-17 defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.

"It's going to be a tough challenge - we respect Scotland. We know how well their teams are doing in the Magners League," warned Jones.

"We have got to cut the errors in our game, because we know when we are accurate we are a very good side."

Wales were left deflated by the opening performance against England, not least that they trailed 20-3 after the sin-binning of Alun-Wyn Jones for his trip on Dylan Hartley.

"We were particularly disappointed with the way we performed [against England]," said the 84-times capped Scarlets number 10.

"Yes, we have to give England credit because they played well, but the problem from our perspective was that we took so much away from our own game just from our own inaccuracies.

There are no excuses this week

Stephen Jones

"Over the last couple of years we have been quite accurate, but our passing wasn't as sharp as it has been.

"Those little things make a big difference. Once we had the ball [and started playing with] a bit of width and tempo we created a lot of opportunities and that is how we want to play the game.

"The big challenge is to try to play for 80 minutes."

Jones admitted coach Warren Gatland could easily have made more than just the two changes to the starting line-up following the Twickenham defeat.

The New Zealander dropped wing Tom James and lock Luke Charteris, replacing them with Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Thomas respectively.

"When you lose you know things haven't gone your way as a team and you have under-achieved, and the team comes under a lot of pressure and you are aware selection issues will arise," admitted Jones.

"There are only a couple of changes for this game against Scotland, so the coach has shown a lot of faith in the boys.


"It's up to us we repay that faith and perform this week, because last week we weren't as sharp as we should have been. There are no excuses anymore.

"We have got to be clever again - we have just got to try and have a bit more variety and make sure we are more accurate and mentally a bit sharper, because there are no excuses this week."

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