British & Irish Lions prop Adam Jones admitted he impressed with the improvement shown by Wales’ pack during their resounding 27-6 victory over France on Friday.
Wales had suffered a disappointing 26-3 defeat at the hands of Ireland ahead of the test agianst France, Jones and his fellow forwards being consistently out-muscled by the Irish pack.
However, a much improved performance against Les Bleus in Cardiff saw Wales bounce back in style.
Jones, who started all three Lions Tests Down Under last year, admits that the level of performance in the Ireland game was unacceptable but credits the marked Welsh improvement against France to the squad’s hard work between on the training pitch.
“We had a bit of a shocker against Ireland,” said Jones. “It’s well documented how badly we played out in Ireland. We were that poor.
“But the boys showed a lot of character. We put a lot of hard work in and it came off. The boys stepped up, especially up front. Our backs are always pretty decent.
“To be fair, we worked pretty hard this last two weeks. We got back to what we know, back to our mantra of how we want to play.
“From my point of view, the two scrums just before half-time when we were allowed to scrummage, we scrummaged well.
“Every time it was our ball I think we were a little bit in the ascendancy. The scrums certainly went better than they did against France last year.
“To come up against a big unit like that and do as well as we did we are very pleased.”