Wales' oracle has spoken and delivered doses of reality to his nation.
Alun Wyn Jones does not talk much, but when he does it is worth listening to the totemic captain.
Only Richie McCaw has now played more Tests than the 34-year-old lock, and when it comes to Wales Jones is the best person to place new coach Wayne Pivac’s start into context.
Alun Wyn Jones has launched a staunch defence of new Wales head coach Wayne Pivac
The 2019 Six Nations champions have lost their last two games in a row in the competition
He has played in every Six Nations tournament since 2007 – the last season Wales lost three-in-a-row – has won three Grand Slams and finished in every other position in the table too, apart from last.
Having had the highs and lows, this is the skipper’s verdict of 2020 so far.
‘Test rugby is about winning and we’ve not done that,’ he says of the two defeats from three.
‘The performances in patches have been pleasing, but only to a point.
‘It is only pleasing when you win.
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‘You can be really reactionary and throw the baby out with the bathwater or you can step back and think there is change.
‘I said from the outset that change is no excuse and there are a large proportion of players still here.
‘It’s getting more of those performances to get results rather than stepping back and pointing fingers. That’s what we are trying to avoid.’
It could be seen as crushingly ironic that in the Warren Gatland era Welsh fans were desperate for their team to play more attacking rugby, and as soon as they try to under Pivac all they now want is victories.
‘People who asked for it in the past...you hear those perceptions and noises in the background,’ Jones adds.
‘As a group of players you cannot be reactionary.
Wales fans have grown concerned with new coach Pivac's attacking style of play
‘We are trying to play heads-up and develop the style Wayne wants. That’s a positive but we are scrutinised, and rightly so, by the scoreboard.’
The one uncomfortable fact is that Gatland’s guys never lost three Six Nations games in a row. Defeat at Twickenham would mean that is the new reality for Wales.
While Jones is quick to