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Jones thrilled with Wales depth

Alun Wyn Jones hailed the strength in depth at Wales’ disposal after they defeated South Africa 20-11 to complete a clean sweep during the November Internationals.

Warren Gatland’s side stretched their winning streak in all Tests to nine, the first time Wales have achieved such a run this century, as early tries from Tomas Francis and Liam Williams proved crucial in beating the Springboks.

Captain Jones believes the impressive return in results is down to the team’s character and welcomed the amount of options available to head coach Gatland.

“The effort put into it is the habit, we’re very pleased with all the Ws, there are patches we have to work on but the character is the most pleasing thing,” he told BBC Sport.

“We can’t deny there’s a bit of depth developing, credit to the whole squad that have supported each other through the four Tests.”

It was a landmark 120th cap for Wyn Jones, who was keen to downplay his own achievement in favour of praising the collective team effort.

“It’s just another game for myself, but the depth we have and the amount of people putting their hands up, there’s still a few guys injured,” he added.

“It’s hard to put into words having been involved in autumns that haven’t been quite as successful.”

Opposing captain Siya Kolisi credited Wales for their game plan and reflected on a November tour that saw South Africa win two of their four matches.

“It was really tough, we played a lot of rugby in our half which was what they wanted. Every time we got into their half we gave away penalties, which made it really tough,” he said.

“They were really smart and did well. Credit to Jonesy and his team.

“I am happy [with the November games] but there is still a lot to do. A lot of positives we can take.” News wire is powered by opta

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