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Davies wants to crown Jones’ big day with win

Gareth Davies wants to win for his skipper

Davies wants to crown Jones’ big day with win

Gareth Davies doesn’t normally want Alun Wyn Jones to be successful at Parc Y Scarlets, but the Scarlets scrum half certainly won’t begrudge the Welsh skipper a victory on Saturday.

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Instead of wearing the Ospreys colours a few miles down the M4 from their Liberty Stadium home, Jones will be leading out Wales in their final fixture in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations championship on a day when he overtakes Richie McCaw as the most capped player in the world.

It will be his 149th appearance for Wales and the British & Irish Lions on the international stage and Davies is hoping to help make it a very special occasion for him.

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“Alun Wyn is a hell of a player and hell of a guy. It would be amazing to get the win for him at the weekend,” said Davies, who has been recalled to the starting XV against the Scots.

“It has been quite difficult for us and we know how big and important the game is at the weekend. We need to get a victory and we’ve had a tough week of training since the French game.”

Wales have lost their last four games and Davies wants the run to end on his home pitch to give the fans something to cheer, as well as his skipper. And he believes the Welsh side will be better for the run out they had in Paris last weekend, when they went down 38-21 to France.

“Physically we are in a better place after experiencing the intensity of the French game. It wasn’t something we were used to as we’d only had a handful of PRO14 games,” added Davies.

“As a squad we are feeling a lot better and fitter for the run out. The Scots played some good rugby against Georgia and we need to be switched on defensively.

“We’ve done our homework on their key players and we will look to put them under as much pressure as we can. Hopefully, that will play its part in us getting a good result against them.

“One of my key roles as a scrum half is to put pressure on the opposing No 10, whether than is Finn Russell or Adam Hastings. We know how dangerous they can be.

“With the conditions coming in this weekend they will be kicking a lot and I hope I can put them off their game.”

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