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Star man Maro Itoje praised by Wales and British Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones

  • Alun Wyn Jones had nothing but good things to say about opposite number Maro Itoje
  • Itoje was in sensational form at Twickenham, and it was his break that led to England’s only try for Anthony Watson
  • The Saracens man shone throughout the match as Eddie Jones maintained their chances of a first Grand Slam in the Six Nations for 13 years
Although hurt following his side’s defeat to England on Saturday, Alun Wyn Jones had nothing but good things to say about opposite number and man of the match Maro Itoje.

The Saracens lock, who was making just his second test start, was in sensational form at Twickenham, and it was his sublime break that led to England’s only try for Anthony Watson as can be seen above.

Although he is only 21, the youngster shone throughout the match as England maintained their chances of a first Grand Slam in the Six Nations for 13 years.

“I said in the week that whether he played four or six, he would have an influence on the game and he did that,” said the Welshman.

“Our tackle count was down, but he made a great break and set up their only try.

“He had that influence, and I thought he was pretty special.

“At a young age, it’s very easy not to apply yourself in the international arena as you do domestically, and it’s a credit to himself that he has been able to do that.”

Despite the disappointment of Saturday’s 25-21 loss, Jones doesn’t see it as being a turning point in the career of this Wales team.

He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s a watershed. I think it’s a realisation off a pretty tough year, but that’s no excuse. We’ve got to kick on and finish with a win.”