Praise for Lions' lucky charm

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:40
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Warren Gatland said Leigh Halfpenny could kick the B&I Lions to victory against Australia after he totted up a record points tally against the Waratahs.

Head coach Warren Gatland said Leigh Halfpenny could kick the British and Irish Lions to victory against Australia after he totted up a record points tally against the NSW Waratahs.

The fullback slotted eight kicks out of eight - four penalties and four conversions - and also ran in two tries for a personal haul of 30 points in the 47-17 win, the Lions' biggest victory in 125 years of playing the Waratahs.

Halfpenny's figures overtook the 19 scored against the Waratahs in 2001 by England's Jonny Wilkinson, who famously drop-kicked the winning points in England's 2003 World Cup Final win over Australia.

The Lions' last series victory, in 1997 against South Africa, was also sealed by a last-gasp Jeremy Guscott drop-kick, following a gritty goal-kicking performance by Neil Jenkins.

"Previous Lions tours and World Cups are won on goal-kicking," said Gatland after Halfpenny's performance, a week before the first Test against Australia next Saturday.

"Apart from his goal kicking I thought some of his lines of running and his positional play defensively and kicking out of hand... I think he is playing at the top of his game.

"He is the ultimate professional. He prepares and does everything that you would expect of him. I thought again he was very, very good."

Halfpenny, who is being tutored by Jenkins on the current tour, now boasts place-kicking figures of 22 out of 23 and he landed all 11 attempts, many from acute angles, in the Lions' 69-17 win over Western Force.

AFP

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Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
Lions v Bulls 51 | 14
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 18 | 16
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Stormers v Blues 30 | 22
Chiefs v Crusaders 24 | 31
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BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0