Lions 2013: We must go up level, says prop Adam Jones

 

2013 tour, second Test: Australia v Lions

  • Venue: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
  • Date: Saturday, 29 June
  • Kick-off: 11:00 BST

Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Prop Adam Jones says the British and Irish Lions can take their tight-forward play "up a level" in Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

In Brisbane the Lions beat Australia 23-21 in the first of three Tests.

"I think we can take it up another level in set-piece. It's up to us to do it now," said Wales star Jones.

"We know they're going to come out fighting. They're one down so obviously the onus is on them to win, but if we win, we make a bit of history."

Of eight completed scrums in the opening match, the Wallabies won their three feeds while the Lions lost three of their five.

Lions down under 2013

Jones made way for English rival Dan Cole in the 52nd minute with England's Mako Vunipola coming on for fellow countryman Alex Corbisiero at the same time.

Likewise, Jones' Ospreys and Wales colleague Richard Hibbard took over from England's Tom Youngs with 15 minutes remaining at Suncorp Stadium.

Drama unfolded in the closing minutes as Australia replacement Kurtley Beale missed two late shots at goal, slipping as he attempted a long-range winner in the game's final act.

Jones, whose country suffered three last-minute defeats by Australia in 2012, was relieved "the shoe was on the other foot a bit".

He also agreed with coach Warren Gatland's assessment that Beale wore the wrong footwear.

And he quipped: "Massive relief [at the end]. I was glad he [Beale] slipped, very glad he slipped. Perhaps he should wear studs."

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The 32-year-old, playing in his third Lions Test after two appearances on the 2009 tour to South Africa, says the Lions were reasonably happy with their overall scrum, line-out and driving play.

He added: "It's quite surreal that we won.

"Obviously a Lions Test is massive and we want to win the series next week and I think if we'd won it a bit earlier the boys would have been enjoying it a bit more, but yeah, it was a tough old game.

"They put us under the pump in the last five minutes.

"Hopefully next week we can start taking it to the next level."

However, he is wary of the Australia attacking threat underlined by double try-scoring wing Israel Folau, whose sporting exploits include top-flight Australian rules football and rugby league.

With an eye on Wales facing the Wallabies at the 2015 World Cup, Jones said: "Folau's pretty decent.

"I'm hoping he goes back to rugby league by the time the [2015] World Cup comes around.

"Being a rugby league fan you've seen him since he was about 18 years of age and you've seen how good he is.

"You know he's a threat, but defensively we're pretty happy.

"We made a few mistakes here and there, I guess, and we know the attacking threat they pose."

The Lions face Melbourne Rebels, led by former Wales number eight Gareth Delve, on Tuesday, before Saturday's second Test against the Wallabies.