Praise for 'world best' Halfpenny
EUROPEAN REACTION: Welsh side Scarlets marched into the last four of the Champions Cup for the first time in over a decade with a 29-17 victory over La Rochelle of France in Llanelli on Friday.
Scarlets, playing in the knock out rounds of the competition for the first time since 2007, fielded 11 of the Wales team that beat France in the last round of the Six Nations earlier in March.
Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny kicked 19 points from the tee as Scarlets claimed their place in the semifinals.
"Leigh's kicking ability - he is the best in the world," said Scarlets captain Ken Owens.
"We knew if we put them under pressure, we were going to get penalties, and then we had the right man to bang them over, which is outstanding.
"That was one of the biggest matches I have been involved in. It has taken 11 years to get back to the same stage in Europe, and it was the biggest game of my club career, certainly.
"I am just so proud of the boys. They turned up on the day and delivered. We ground out the victory after we got into a pattern that worked for us."