Blues star Halfpenny holds his nerve for Wales

Guinness PRO12 Editor

5 Feb 2012


Cardiff Blues star Leigh Halfpenny put his World Cup ghosts to bed as he proved the matchwinning hero in Wales 23-21 defeat of Ireland in the Six Nations.


Halfpenny, who has taken on the kicking responsibilities for the RaboDirect PRO12 side, missed a long-distance kick that would have edge Wales past France in the World Cup semi-final.

But he went some distance to making amends for that miss when he slotted a last-minute penalty having taken the kicking tee from the Scarlets’ misfiring fly-half Rhys Priestland.

And the 23-year-old admitted he felt all the pressure weighing down on his shoulders when he stroked over the match-winning kick.

“It was the hardest kick I’ve had to take in all my life,” Halfpenny said.

“As soon as it went over the emotion came – having to deal with the miss against France in the World Cup, putting that over makes it all worthwhile.

 “It was end to end stuff, an exciting game. It was a tough test and all credit to Ireland, they really gave us a tough game.

“The score was back and forth and I’m just really pleased to get the result for the rest of the campaign.”



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