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Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones ready for inform Wallabies

Wales v Australia
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 6 November Kick-off: 1430 GMT Coverage: Exclusively live on BBC TWO & online, full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru and live text commentary and live scores on BBC Sport website


Alun Wyn Jones
Alun Wyn Jones has won 40 Wales caps and three for the Lions

Alun Wyn Jones heads into Wales' clash against Australia on Saturday saying the Wallabies victory over New Zealand last weekend was no surprise.

Australia beat the All Blacks 26-24 in in Hong Kong last weekend with James O'Connor scoring a late converted try.

But lock Jones insists Wales had been ready for the Wallabies' attacking threat before their All Blacks' win.

"Irrelevant of that result we have trained for an Australian side with a big attacking mentality," said Jones.

The Wallabies turned a few people's heads with the victory which ended an All Blacks' 15-match winning run.

Jones, however, insisted that the Wales camp have been preparing for an in-form Wallabies despite the Hong Kong win, especially after last year's 33-12 defeat in Cardiff.

"Probably from the outside [the All Blacks win] does [change the perception of the Wallabies] but we have always held the Australian side in the highest regard especially after the defeat we suffered last year," said Jones.

"And it was only a matter of time, looking at their form during the Tri Nations, that they were going to click.

"They did that on the weekend and they put New Zealand to the sword. They kept going to the end and James O'Connor scored a great try and converted his own try to seal a great win.

"So, from our perspective we always knew they were a great side and they peaked ready for this tour and we know it's going to be a tough task.

"We know they had a New Zealand scalp coming to us and we know they are in a rich vein of form. We knew they were there or thereabouts and always going to be a strong side.

"They showed that on the weekend. Little change in our defence strategy but we know their tails are going to be up off the back of that win.

I don't know why people have been questioning their scrum. They always have a decent scrum when they play us

Alun Wyn Jones

"It's probably shown them how good they are how good they can be and we'll have to be on our guard and hopefully we can get a win as we did in 2008."

Jones is expecting a big challenge from the Australia pack but especially at the breakdown.

"I don't know why people have been questioning their scrum. They always have a decent scrum when they play us," added the 25-year-old Ospreys captain.

"They have definitely some great players up front. If you look at [Rocky] Elsom, [Nathan] Sharpe and the main threat at the breakdown [David] Pocock.

"Pocock was man of the match last year so we will do our best not to get man of the match again. He was instrumental in the win for them last weekend and I think he has been to turnover man in the Tri Nations.

"If we do see him and is looking for a sniff at the breakdown we nullify the threat but saying that if you focus too much on one person at the breakdown there is always going to be another body or two ready to step in to the hole."



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