Irish Lions & Leigh Halfpenny

Stephen Leigh Halfpenny (born 22 December 1988) is a Welsh international rugby union footballer who plays for the Cardiff Blues regional side. 5.0/5

Irish Lions Leigh Halfpenny George North Alex Corbisiero Alex Cuthbert Jamie Roberts Warren Gatland Alun Wyn Jones Jonny Sexton Adam Jones New Zealand Kieran Read Manu Tuilagi Ben Smith Sports Personality Sam Warburton Cardiff Blues Eben Etzebeth Jonathan Sexton

Who should be the Lions starting full-back? Leigh Halfpenny. What do you think?
Leigh Halfpenny looks on during the British and Irish Lions media day at Syon Park on May 13, 2013 in…
Ireland v Wales: Wales player ratings February 10, 2014 15. Leigh Halfpenny: 5 Showed willingness to counter attack early on, after putting a lot of boot to ball against Italy last week, and slotted his only attempt at goal. But Halfpenny was kept quiet by the Irish defence throughout and was rattled by his British and Irish Lions understudy Rob Kearney, who was superior under the high ball. 14. Alex Cuthbert: 5 The Welsh flyer stuck to his wing for most of the match and was consequently starved of ball, but when he did get his hands on it, he was not given an inch by the Irish. The winger was also nowhere to be found when Johnny Sexton peppered the corners with probing kicks. 13. Scott Williams: 4 Williams was forced off early on after he sacrificed his shoulder in the process of clattering Brian O’Driscoll. If Jonathan Davies does not return soon, Wales will once again be left desperately short in the midfield. 12. Jamie Roberts: 6.5 The Welshman trudged forward throughout and occasionally managed to ...
Halfpenny to leave Cardiff and play for Toulon: British and Irish Lions and Wales full-back Leigh... …
British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny has signed for Toulon, with an official announcement expected this afterno…
Leigh Halfpenny will leave Cardiff Blues in the summer to join Heineken Cup champions Toulon. The 25-year-old, who kicked Wales to the successful defence of their Six Nations crown and the British and Irish Lions to an historic series win in Australia, had been courted by several big-spending clubs…
Planet Rugby se lesers se Span van die Jaar: Power to the people! As has become our tradition, we gave you the chance to vote for YOUR Team of Year: Here are the results from the PR faithful. We received a massive response from hundreds of readers who sent in their first-choice line-ups. Only three players kept their place in your side from 2012 - Conrad Smith, Kieran Read and Eben Etzebeth. The southern hemisphere rules in your final selection which features no less than seven All Blacks, two Wallabies and three Springboks. Planet Rugby Readers' Team of the Year: 15 Israel Folau (Australia): Only a handful of votes separated British and Irish Lions star Leigh Halfpenny and Australia's Newcomer of the Year in the full-back position from the line-ups you sent in, but many of you actually picked both players, naming the Wallaby on the wing. So we decided to face them off in a straight poll on the front page and you voted for a clear winner. 14 Ben Smith (New Zealand): No doubt about this one. 86 percent of ...
Read The Best, World Rugby Fans Say: In a year when All Black No 8 Kieran Read won almost very player accolade in world rugby, it was fitting for him to be named player of the year by the game's international fan base. Read was voted the world's best at the Ultimate Rugby IRPA Fans' Awards to top off a highly successful 2013 where the Crusader was also named IRB world player of the year and the best in New Zealand at the national rugby awards earlier this month. Read held off stiff competition in the form of Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny and Irish loose forward Sean O'Brien. Fans took a different view to the players, however, when it came to naming their World XV. Only five All Blacks made the team with the back-row trio of Read, Richie McCaw and Liam Messam leading the way. Elsewhere Dan Carter was named at first-five and Conrad Smith at centre. Will Genia, who endured a painful series against the British and Irish Lions, pulled his season out of the fire to be named at halfback ahead of All Black Aaron ...
Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 BBC Sunday December 15 London-Andy Murray has been voted the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The 26-year-old Scot became the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title with victory over Novak Djokovic in the summer. Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny was runner-up, with jockey AP McCoy third. "I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much support over the last couple of years," said Murray. "It's made a huge difference." Past 10 winners 2013: Andy Murray (tennis) 2012: Bradley Wiggins (cycling) 2011: Mark Cavendish (cycling) 2010: AP McCoy (horse racing) 2009: Ryan Giggs (football) 2008: Sir Chris Hoy (cycling) 2007: Joe Calzaghe (boxing) 2006: Zara Phillips (equestrian) 2005: Andrew Flintoff (cricket) 2004: Dame Kelly Holmes (athletics) The ceremony was held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, although Murray was presented with the award in Miami where he is trainin ...
The British & Irish Lions entered the BBC SPOTY awards in fine style tonight and rounded off 2013 with the 'Team of the Year' award, while Warren Gatland claimed the 'Coach of the Year' award and Leigh Halfpenny finished just behind Andy Murray in the race for the Sports Personality of the year award. A brilliant achievement. Thanks to all Lions fans for your support.
Leigh Halfpenny, runner-up in BBC Sports Personality; British & Irish Lions, best team; Warren Gatland, best coach. Rugby is the best sport. Fact.
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Well done! 22-year-old Eben Etzebeth is the youngest of the five nominees for IRB World Player of the Year 2013. The other four are Kieran Read and Ben Smith (both New Zealand), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales and the British & Irish Lions) and Sergio Parisse (Italy). Heyneke Meyer says, "He is very athletic, great in the line-outs and a strong ball-carrier, which makes him the perfect modern-day lock – in my opinion one of the best in the world – and an integral part of the Springbok team." Fingers crossed.
BRO RADIO SPORT: Wales have made eleven changes for the clash against Tonga on Friday evening with Newport Gwent Dragons' Hallam Amos making his debut on the wing in a side captained by Ryan Jones. The 19-year-old, who featured for Wales U20 last season, made his debut for the Dragons aged just 17. He comes into the side to line-up in a back-three alongside British and Irish Lions duo George North (Northampton Saints) and Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues). In the midfield Ashley Beck (Ospreys) makes his first start of the Dove Men Series after featuring from the bench in the opening two games. He is joined in the centre by Cardiff Blues' Owen Williams who will earn his third cap after making his debut on the summer tour to Japan. Perpignan's James Hook has been named at fly-half alongside Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) at scrum-half. There are six changes in the pack from the side that beat Argentina by a record margin last weekend. Bath prop Paul James and Scarlets hooker Ken Owens come into the starting-l ...
Wales name team to face Boks 2013-11-05 Cardiff - Ospreys wing Eli Walker is set to make his Wales debut against the Springboks after being named in coach Warren Gatland's starting side to face the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The 21-year-old has been given his chance after injury ruled out wing Alex Cuthbert from the first of Wales's four November internationals. Meanwhile Rhys Priestland returns at fly-half after missing all of Wales's Six Nations title-winning campaign last season with an Achilles injury. British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton again captains the side from the back-row where Dan Lydiate, one of the stars of the combined side's 2-1 series win in Australia this year, makes his first Wales appearance since 2012 following an ankle injury. Walker has long been regarded as one of the best finishers in the Celtic League but a back injury ruled him out of both the Six Nations and Wales's two-Test pre-season tour of Japan. "Eli has impressed for his region and while w ...
Priestland gets No 10 jersey Rhys Priestland will start at flyhalf ahead of James Hook for Wales' match against the Springboks on Saturday. Hook was named among the substitutes, with Dan Biggar falling out of the match-day squad altogether. Ospreys star wing, Eli Walker, will make his debut in place of Alex Cuthbert, who is out injured. The 21-year-old Walker will start on the left, as George North shifts to the right. Wales have nine players in their starting line-up who started against the Springboks in the 2011 World Cup pool match, the last time these teams met. Wales pushed the Boks all the way before losing 17-16. Ten of the team remain from that which started their last game against England in the Six Nations decider, which they won 30-3, and nine of them were in the starting line-up for the British & Irish Lions which hammered Australia 41-16 to clinch the series 2-1 in July this year. 'We always say we like to test ourselves against the best and Saturday is going to be just that with a huge game ...
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RaboDirect PRO12 Team of the Week: Round 5 October 7, 2013 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues) Finishing with a personal points haul of nineteen, the British and Irish Lions hero was excellent from the tee, punishing Edinburgh for a number of infringements, and ensuring the Blues kept the scoreboard ticking over. 14. Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) A brace of tries for the Lion helped his side to victory over Edinburgh on Sunday, with the second coming courtesy of an impressive team move. Having recently made his comeback after the tour Down Under, Cuthbert is showing signs of the devastating finishing ability that caused defences so many problems last season. 13. Keith Earls (Munster) The Lions tourist scored what proved to be the only try in Saturday’s huge Irish derby, and his score was crucial in ensuring Munster capitalised on Ian Madigan’s yellow card. Elsewhere, he was dangerous in attack with the absence of Brian O’Driscoll opposite him, and on the whole did well to halt Leinster’s offenses. ...
Halfpenny: I can definitely improve: British & Irish Lions star Leigh Halfpenny is adamant he can improve and ...
Video of Leigh Halfpenny wishing luck to "From the British and Irish Lions to the Chicago Lions"
Gatland: Lions can roar again Warren Gatland: Turns attention backto coaching Wales Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will have what it takesto end a 42-year wait for a Test seriesvictory over New Zealand. This year's Lions squad are still celebrating a 2-1 success over Australia - their first Test series win since 1997 - achieved with a number of exciting young players playing crucial roles. Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Alex Corbisiero, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all shone and Gatland expects them to be the world-class talent at the heart of the 2017 touring squad. Asked if he thought the Lions could win in New Zealand, current Lions boss Gatland said: "Yes, I think if we get things right in terms of the preparation and stuff. "If you look at how young this squad is, a lot of them could be around in four years' time. "If they are playing well enough and you have got four more years' experience on some young heads, some young shoulders and they are in their late 20s, t ...
Best of the Weekend: Lions win first series in 16 years Posted on Jul 8, 2013 All eyes were on Sydney this weekend as the British and Irish Lions ended a 16-year wait for a series win, powering to a 41-16 victory over Australia, and taking the deciding game of the series. Coach Warren Gatland’s team selection came under extreme scrutiny and criticism last week, but his charges rewarded him for his faith, and outplayed Australia comprehensively over the 80 minutes. Tries for Alex Corbisiero, Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts secured the victory for the Lions, whilst the unerring boot of Leigh Halfpenny added some much deserved gloss to the score line. If there was one area of the side which had not come in for criticism during the previous week, it was the ability of the side to gain the upper hand at the scrum, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only was the front row of Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones responsible for winning ball on 100% of their own scrums, but they a ...
The British and Irish Lions have beaten the Wallabies 2-1 after a convincing 41-16 victory in Sydney. Leigh Halfpenny, who was named Man of the Series, set up two tries and kicked brilliantly yet again. It was the first Lions series victory since 1997.
With the 125th anniversary adventure now complete after Saturday's sublime success at ANZ Stadium, let's take a look at the key numbers behind the British & Irish Lions' first southern hemisphere triumph of the 21st century. Here's a few of the stand out digits from across all three Tests in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, some surprising, some less so, but all important when it came to creating history Down Under… 0 - kicks missed by Christian Lealiifano: the Brumbies centre landed eight from eights in Tests two and three 0 - seconds left when Kurtley Beale missed a kick at goal to win the first Test and Leigh Halfpenny did the same in the second 1 - yellow card, to Qantas Wallabies prop Ben Alexander in the third Test 2 - players picked in a Lions Test squad who didn't get on to pick up a cap, Sean Maitland and Ryan Grant 3 - times Australian flanker George Smith was replaced in the third Test, the first with a head knock, the second after Alexander was sin binned and the third with 13 minutes left to ...
Pain of Miss Drives Halfpenny to Match-Winning Display: British and Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny used ...
Gatland decisions vindicated By Reuters SYDNEY - A record third Test win provided emphatic vindication for British and Irish Lions' coach Warren Gatland's decision to rely on muscle to overcome Australia after enduring 72 hours of vilification for his team selections. The four tries that helped the Lions to a 41-16 win and a first test series triumph since 1997 put a considerable gloss on the result but there can have been few test victories more solidly built on the engine room of the pack. A Wallabies' scrum that had held their own in the tight first two tests were pulverised in the set-piece at the Olympic Stadium, conceding penalty after penalty as they crumbled before the red onslaught. In the breakdown and around the fringes, openside Sean O'Brien and number eight Toby Faletau - both brought into the beefed up pack for the decider - tackled like demons and crashed repeatedly into the home defence with ball in hand. Gatland had been subjected to a furious backlash for picking a starting team with 10 ...
The amount of records broken by the British & Irish Lions on this tour is *** too high! :-)
Breaking News: Following the success of The British & Irish Lions, Leigh Halfpenny reveals he's not the full quid then declares 'boom tish'.
The British and Irish Lions have won the final Test in Australia, courtesy of tries by Alex Corbisiero, Jonny Sexton, Jamie Roberts and George North. Leigh Halfpenny converted 3 conversions and scored 5 penalties. :)
Cracking test series by all British and Irish Lions. Leigh halfpenny player of the series!! Cannot wait for the 6 nations 2014 with the standard of players all of our 4 nations have!!! Well done boys! X
Leigh Halfpenny -player of the series for the Lions tour 2013 and now the new record holder for scoring the most points in a test series for the British and Irish Lions, surpassing Neil Jenkins who is also Welsh! This oil painting was done by my sister in law, Annie Lovelass, who just happens to want to have Leigh's babies! but as she is 60 this year, I'm sorry Annie but I don't think that is going to happen!! This oil painting is 40 cms x 50 cms and is absolutely fab. She is open for commissions search her on FB to see her other paintings she is so talented. But thank you Annie for doing this for Rhys' birthday xxx
Congratulations to The British and Irish Lions on their win today and the Test Series.(Steve-o)
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What a fabulous performance by the British & Irish Lions. Congratulations to one of the all-time great Lions teams. For me...Man of the Tour...Leigh Halfpenny.
Who is your British and Irish Lions man of the series? Who made the difference this tour?
Lions break Aussie hearts Sydney - The British and Irish Lions claimed their first series win since 1997 when they overpowered Australia 41-16 in the third Test on Saturday to seal a 2-1 victory. The Lions were quick out of the blocks at the Olympic Stadium with prop Alex Corbisiero crossing for a second minute try and fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicking 12 points to open up a 19-3 lead after 26 minutes. Australia fought back with James O'Connor scoring just before halftime and inside centre Christian Leali'ifano kicking the home side to within three points at 19-16 with 25 minutes remaining. But the Lions finally found the attacking rhythm that they lacked in the second Test loss and flyhalf Jonny Sexton, winger George North and centre Jamie Roberts crossed for second half tries as the Lions rode out comfortable winners. "It's pretty indescribable. There was a lot said about selection in the week...but I think we proved the Northern Hemisphere can do pretty well," Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones said in a pitc ...
British and Irish Lions, player of the series, Leigh Halfpenny thoroughly deserved. Though, the man who was so influential, yet often so unnoticed, was Alex Corbisero. He made a great partnership with Adams Jones, between them, they destroyed the Aussie scrum.
"Okey"!!!...so the British and Irish Lions have just knocked over the Wallabies and won the series.yes, they were the better team, too good actually, especially their scrum and set piece, they blew the Ozzies off the park. plus they had the laser boot(and I believe the best goal kicker in world rugby right now) Leigh Halfpenny.they couldn,t go wrong really...but like I said a couple of weeks ago, they could have jumped across the ditch and played a one off test against the All Blacks...we would "Kill Them"...and that,s it.Goodnight :-)
So the British and Irish Lions annihilate the Aussies to win the series!!! Fantastic performances from all the boys but Leigh Halfpenny is truly a GOD!
Well done British and Irish Lions!! Leigh Halfpenny is that accurate I reckon he could throw a pickled onion into a thimble! Also since when did Jones from Police Academy become a Lion with a blazer and comb on the sidelines!??? Happy Days :)
Best of the Weekend: Advantage Australia Posted on Jul 1, 2013 second test The British and Irish Lions will have to wait another week for an opportunity to make history, after they suffered the closest of defeats, losing 16-15 to Australia in Melbourne. Five penalties from Leigh Halfpenny were not enough to defeat a fired up Australian side, who were victorious thanks to the boot of Christian Leali’ifano, and the solitary try of the game from Adam Ashley-Cooper. Loosehead prop Mako Vunipola came under scrutiny early on in the scrum, with referee Craig Joubert pinging the Saracens player on a couple of occasions, whilst ignoring the vociferous calls that the Australian pack was driving early. The Lions scrum looked to adapt however, and grew in confidence throughout the game, with Adam Jones in particular impressing at tighthead, before his replacement Dan Cole exonerated some of his demons from the first test, scrummaging powerfully in his cameo. The lineout didn’t function as well as it had in the fi ...
All the British and Irish Lions Test scorers to date have been Welshman - Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Alex Cuthbert. Red Dragon. Stat.
British & Irish Lions band around Leigh Halfpenny: The British and Irish Lions have given their support to...
Lions chief Warren Gatland consoles Leigh Halfpenny after shot for glory falls short
Strange thing wishing a praying for a Welshman to slot a kick over to win a game of rugby...But he was a Lion today and I would still put my money on Leigh Halfpenny any day of the week... Class player & best kicker in the World..,
FT: Australia 16 - 15 British & Irish Lions (1-1) In what was a tense and thrilling game Adam Ashley-Cooper's second half try means we head to Sydney next week for the deciding match of the series. Leigh Halfpenny had a chance to win it with a penalty from 53metres out but it fell just short. Full match report to follow.
First blood to British Lions Brisbane - The British and Irish Lions edged a thrilling opening Test 23-21 against the battered Wallabies on Saturday to seize the momentum in their pursuit of a first series win in 16 years. Both teams scored two tries, but although replacement back Kurtley Beale twice had the chance to kick the Wallabies to victory in the final minutes, he agonisingly missed both penalty attempts. The Lions, who have not won a series since South Africa in 1997, remain unbeaten in eight Tests in Brisbane since 1899 and are now just one victory away from a long overdue series triumph. Leigh Halfpenny's goal-kicking ultimately proved the difference with three penalties and two conversions to ease home over the Wallabies, who missed five kicks at goal. But the Lions were made to fight to the very end by a Wallaby side that had three players stretchered off with injury and finished with loose forward Michael Hooper playing in the centres. The tourists will now look to clinch the series in the se ...
EIGHT NEW TEST LIONS TO FACE AUSTRALIA The British & Irish Lions today announced the team to play the Qantas Wallabies in the 1st Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. The starting XV comprises eight new Test Lions and will be captained by Sam Warburton. In the backs Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, George North, Jonathan Davies and Jonathan Sexton all make their Lions Test debuts, while experience is provided by Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Philips, who have nine Lions Tests between them. The forward pack contains a wealth of Lions Test experience with Jamie Heaslip, Tom Croft, Paul O’Connell, Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Jones sharing 17 Tests. Loose-head prop Alex Corbisiero, who joined the tour as a replacement, also makes his debut along with Warburton and hooker Tom Youngs. British & Irish Lions Tour Manager Andy Irvine said: "We are now at the business end of the tour. You can feel the excitement and commitment within the squad now that we are back in Brisbane and the 1st Test is just days aw ...
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Will Stuart Hogg’s Lions tour be a wasted opportunity? Posted on Jun 19, 2013 When Stuart Hogg was announced as a British and Irish Lion by Andy Irvine on April 30, fans both of a Scottish and neutral persuasion would have been right in thinking the 20-year-old had been included thanks to his displays in this year’s RBS 6 Nations. The Glasgow Warriors full-back was in scintillating form in the opening two matches against England and Italy in particular and had secured the 15 shirt for Scotland by the end of the tournament as well as offering a much needed ray of light in terms of attacking rugby. It is therefore disappointing to see Hogg’s talents being wasted on this Lions tour. Many, myself included, believed Hogg – albeit behind Leigh Halfpenny in the pecking order – could have provided a serious challenge for the 15 jersey given the opportunity. Hogg has had two chances at 15 so far; one against the Barbarians and then the Queensland Reds. His performance in the former saw him draw plaudits ...
I'm really enjoying the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour to Australia. There were some brilliant performances on Saturday: Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones, Tom Croft amongst others. I really like the way the squad is working together. Can't wait for the first test on Saturday. I think Australia will struggle against the power and skill of this Lions team.
Former Wales wing Shane Williams is named in the British and Irish Lions team for Tuesday's game against the Brumbies in Canberra.
Sunday morning sports wrap: *AFL Essendon produced a controlled performance to post a comfortable 43-point defeat of Gold Coast at Docklands. The Bombers' 17.13 (115) to 11.6 (72) victory moves them to a 9-3 record and they consolidate their position in the top eight. In Saturday's other matches, Richmond showed it looks good to break its AFL finals drought with a 38-point 16.14 (110) to 10.12 (72) win over Adelaide, while Fremantle was mostly comfortable in a scrappy 40-point 12.14 (86) to 6.10 (46) win over Brisbane. *NRL Canberra kept its place inside the top eight with a win over Penrith while Cronulla romped home against the Eels. The Raiders have cruised past Penrith to win 24-12 in their clash on Saturday to record their 10th straight victory at Canberra Stadium. A Jeff Robson double helped the Sharks to an excellent 32-14 win over Parramatta at Shark Stadium. *British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland said Leigh Halfpenny could kick the team to victory against Australia after he totted up ...
The British and Irish Lions score nine tries to beat Western Force but prop forward Cian Healy goes off injured.
Extended highlights of The British and Irish Lions demolishing The Western Force 69-17. Great kicking performance from Leigh Halfpenny - Is his name penciled on the team sheet?
Skipper Brian O'Driscoll scored twice as the British and Irish Lions beat a weakened Western Force outfit 69-17 in Perth earlier today. Leigh Halfpenny kicked eleven from eleven kicks as the tourists flexed their muscles in their first midweek game.
Western Force v British and Irish Lions: Lions player ratings Posted on Jun 5, 2013 15. Leigh Halfpenny: 8.5 No more needs be said about his kicking – 100% from all corners of the pitch speaks for itself. Will never have the explosiveness that Hogg does, but did show some lovely touches in attack when joining the line. 14. Tommy Bowe: 7.5 Grabbed a try and looked menacing every time he got the ball. Great to see him threatening again like that, given his lack of game time over the past year. 13: Brian O’Driscoll: 8 Can anyone still claiming he is past his best stop now please? Scored two tries, the first involving a beautiful exchange of hands with George North and the second needing intelligent and well-timed support play to follow Tuilagi through a hole. 12. Manu Tuilagi: 7.5 Was kept reasonably quiet, but look how much space that opened up for the men around him. His partnership with O’Driscoll, if given time to gel, could become one of the most devastating ever seen. Beautifully soft hands after ...
AHH!!! British&Irish Lions = nerve wrecking!!! I'll watch when it's over and done. Good kicking by full-back Leigh Halfpenny 11 out of 11 kicking conversions excellent!!!
Some of the images from The British & Irish Lions' win over Western Force.
A personal haul of 24 points by Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny ensured the British and Irish Lions coasted to a crushing 69-17 victory over Western Force in Perth. The Lions ran riot at Patersons Stadium with match-day captain Brian O'Driscoll leading the rout by scoring a brace among the nine tries. Halfpenny slotted over nine conversions and added two penalties with a faultless display of kicking from the tee. The Lions led 27-3 at the break and were never seriously threatened by an under-strength Force outfit. Halfpenny got the ball rolling after just two minutes with his first shot at goal before Irish pivot Jonny Sexton dummied his way over the tryline to score the 2013 Lion's first try on Australian soil. Halfpenny converted to put the Lions out 10-0. The Lions dominated possession for the next 20 minutes but were repelled by stubborn defence. Eventually Brett Sheehan pegged the score back to 10-3 on 32 minutes. O'Driscoll outpaced the Force defence and touched down in the corner before England fla ...
waiting eargerly for the british and irish lions tour 2013,Glad Dan carter is starting for the 2013 all blacks,my man Manu Tuilagi is a Lion too,Leigh Halfpenny on the same field with the Legend Brian O`Driscoll.Cant wait to see ALL BLACKS take y`all down.
Lions XV British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will have been a busy man as the RBS Six Nations reached the midway point. While one eye will have undoubtedly been on the on-going action in the Super Rugby, Gatland's priority will have been on the performances of the home unions. And as one or two individuals play themselves out of contention for the tour to Australia, a number continue to stake strong claims. And once again, skysports.com's Tony Curtis puts himself into Gatland's shoes and names his Lions XV. Remember the selections are based purely on this weekend's games... 15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) It is going to take something pretty special to... ~SportsMan
Four teams through to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals - Ulster, Clermont Auvergne, Toulon and Harlequins. Saracens are one win away, as are Leicester Tigers. So who was hot last weekend? Here are a couple of stand-out performers who might well have caught the eye of the British & Irish Lions coaches: Peter O'Mahony (Munster) Man of the Match in win in Edinbugh with 15 carries and fantastic defence Owen Farrell (Saracens) Man of the Match with 32 points in Sarries win over Racing Metro. Immaculate goalkicking display. Eli Walker (Ospreys) Slippery as an eel on the wing for the Welsh region in their draw with Tigers. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) Powerful scrummaging display for Tigers as they dominated at scrum time. Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster) Man of the Match with a try for Leinster as they kept alive their hopes of reaching last 8 by beating Scarlets. Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues) Two tries and 15 points in his first start since Autumn Test series. John Beattie (Montpellier) Second successive Man of the ...
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