Halfpenny quicker than Bolt

Guinness PRO12 Editor

15 Oct 2010


Cardiff Blues flyer Leigh Halfpenny is aiming to leave opponents in his dust after clocking faster sprint times than track-star Usain Bolt.

At a Wales training camp this month, the 17-cap wing clocked 1.56 seconds for the 10-metre dash, 0.29 seconds faster than Bolt's world record run at the Beijing Olympics.

Now he aims to keep Cardiff Blues on the front foot in the Magners League and then, if selected, help Warren Gatland's men in the Autumn Series.

The 21-year-old has been in fine form for the Blues this season and has been one of their most potent attackers in recent weeks.

"I'm the fastest I've ever been, the heaviest and probably the leanest, so I'm really happy with the way things are going in the gym," said Halfpenny.

"I've been working hard on my speed and footwork and now I want to show it on the pitch."

The Blues stuttered to an unconvincing 18-17 win over Edinburgh on the opening weekend of the Heineken Cup but Halfpenny reckons his side can call on their previous French experience to kick-start their European campaign when they face Castres at the Stade Pierre Antoine this evening.

"It's always hostile in France and the fans try to put you off your game. But that won't affect me. I don't think it can get any more hostile than the Amlin Cup final against Toulon last year in Marseille and we won that game,” added Halfpenny.

"French teams are always strong but we're confident. We've won in France before and we can do it again. I'm looking forward to going out there and doing whatever it takes to get the win."

The European clash will serve as a final opportunity for Halfpenny to impress Warren Gatland with the Wales boss due to name his autumn squad for the games against Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand next week.

"I'm really looking forward to the autumn internationals. There's nothing better than playing against the top three teams in the world and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into them.

"If we can get some results our confidence will go through the roof. But the Blues are my focus right now.”