Leigh Halfpenny has come out openly to accept that he wrongly made an error of judgment in his side’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland last weekend.
Halfpenny turned down a kick at goal during the 51st minute of the game, thus spurning his side’s opportunity to climb ahead of their opponents on the score sheet.
In the hopes of levelling the match, Alun Wyn Jones, Wales’s skipper had indicated to the referee, John Lacey that they would go for the three points. However, with Halfpenny’s decision, Dan Biggar, Wales outhalf was forced to kick for the corner which saw Wales fail to score from the resulting lineout. That done, Scotland pulled away in a no nonsense fashion, to emerge winners in a 29-13 victory.
On the official Welsh Rugby Union website, Halfpenny said: “For me, I need to hold my hand up. I made a mistake and I wasn’t decisive enough. Alun Wyn wanted to go for the three points and I’ve allowed errors in my game before and the conditions to influence me and turn down the kick.
He noted that it was the first time such a thing was happening, and would also be the last time. He also sees it as a privilege to be the kicker, a role which he remains excited to play.
Halfpenny went on saying that every time he’s ever played at Murrayfield, it’s been in difficult conditions. He sees the stadium as one of the most difficult stadiums to kick in as the wind really picks up and could negatively affect the path of a kick unless it is in range.
The Toulon star is recognized as one of the most reliable kickers in world Rugby, having scored no less than 594 points for Wales, and will surely be worth watching in action if you get the chance – LiveRugbyTickets.co.uk have tickets for the upcoming Wales matches!