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Wales captain Ryan Jones want All Blacks arm-wrestle

TOUR MATCH: New Zealand v Wales
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin Date: Saturday, 19 June Start: 0835 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales MW & online, score updates online, live on Sky Sports 1


Gatland demands decisive players

Wales captain Ryan Jones says Wales must avoid mistakes against New Zealand or risk the "frightening" consequences Ireland suffered at the weekend.

New Zealand ran in nine tries in a 66-28 rout of Ireland, who were reduced to 13 men at one stage.

Jones hopes Wales' clash with the All Blacks will be more of an arm-wrestle.

He said: "The frightening thing was they capitalised on Ireland's mistakes. That's what they're capable of and that's what we'll be trying to avoid."

Jamie Heaslip's early red card for a kneeing offence that saw him banned for five weeks and Ronan O'Gara's sin-binning damaged Ireland's efforts.

Jones says such factors should be considered when assessing Wales' chances against Graham Henry's team.

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He said: "I think you'll see a very different technical and tactical approach from New Zealand against 15 men - I hope.

"And hopefully we can create an arm wrestle so they'll be far more clinical and play a bit less, possibly.

"With a bit of luck we can squeeze them early on and create some pressure.

"But they did a job [on Ireland], and the frightening thing was they capitalised on Ireland's mistakes - that's what they're capable of doing and that's what we'll be trying to avoid.

"You've got to take into account conditions, the circumstances of the game, the points difference - when you go points up, you're not going to see the likes of Dan Carter etc, kicking the ball away.

"When the opposition are down to 13 men there is a lot more space on the field for those guys to have a run around.

They do have a good balance and when they do run it they seem to come alive

Wales captain Ryan Jones on the All Blacks

"But New Zealand are the most technically, tactically astute team around.

"They do have a good balance and when they do run it they seem to come alive and they seem to choose the right times to do it.

"So we've got to make sure we take the right space, take our opportunities and close people down as quickly as we can."

Wales arrived down under at the end of last week for their two-Test tour, starting with the final international to be played at the old Carisbrook ground and ending at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton on 26 June.

The men in red have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953 and have never triumphed over them in New Zealand.

Their last victory over one of the Tri Nations superpowers in the southern hemisphere was in New Zealand, though, Wales beating Australia 22-21 in Rotorua in the third-place play-off for the 1987 World Cup.

Wales' solitary victory on the home turf of one of the Tri-Nations giants was the 19-16 triumph over the Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1969.

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