Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Halfpenny: More to come

Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny

Leigh Halfpenny believes there is "plenty more to come" from Wales as they prepare for next Saturday's Triple Crown bid at Twickenham.

Wales will take a firm grip on this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship if they can claim only a second Twickenham victory since 1988. They have racked up 50 points and six tries in defeating Ireland and Scotland, form which has seen them installed as firm favourites to send England packing.

"The squad we have is tremendously talented - it is a special one to be a part of," Wales full-back Halfpenny said.

A third successive tournament win would not only secure a 20th championship Triple Crown, but also leave them two more victories away from collecting a second Six Nations title and Grand Slam of coach Warren Gatland's four-year reign.

"When I was growing up I watched Wales lose many times at Twickenham, and sometimes quite heavily, but everyone has put in the hard yards and our training camp in Poland last month has given us toughness to go with talent," continued Halfpenny.

"We know we can get a result, but we also know how hard it will be. We have won two from two in the Six Nations, but we cannot get carried away. There is a long way to go.

"It shows where we are at at the moment in that we have been able to overcome the loss of a number of players through injuries. We have strength in depth, and that is a key to winning campaigns."

One of England's biggest tasks will be trying to stop a giant-sized Wales back division containing the likes of Alex Cuthbert (6ft 6in), George North (6ft 4in), Jamie Roberts (6ft 4in) and Mike Phillips (6ft 3in).

Halfpenny, in comparison, is the small guy, although in size rather than stature following his match-winning exploits against Ireland and Scotland.

"It is great to be surrounded by so many big and talented players. It gives you a bit of confidence as the small guy," he added.

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