Halfpenny wary of familiar Scarlets

Date published: December 8 2016

Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny is determined to overcome some familiar foes to move a step closer to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals.

The Wales star is back on the Cote D’Azur after helping secure three wins out of four November internationals in his homeland. But he will be coming up against a number of his international colleagues this weekend in the first of two crucial Pool 3 fixtures.

Both sides are locked on four points heading into round three, after victories over Sale Sharks, but defeats to reigning Champions Cup holders Saracens. Halfpenny scored in the 15-5 defeat of the Sharks that helped get their European campaign back on track. And the prolific points scorer knows just how dangerous his countrymen can be.

“Scarlets are a very good team with fantastic players. They have quality guys all over the field. It will be a big game, we have to be ready. If we want to continue in the Champions Cup, we have to win all our matches and it starts on Sunday,” Halfpenny told the European Challenge Cup website.

“We are working hard to go the furthest in this competition and I think we have the qualities to win this trophy even if their level is very high. But we have to focus on each game and not look too far ahead. Personally, it will be interesting to face guys I have spent a lot of time with over the Autumn Test matches.

“I was always supporter of Swansea when I was young, it’s my club, like my father. I was born in Swansea, but my mother comes from Llanelli. And I have an aunt who is a big supporter of the Scarlets! But hey, I’m sure that this weekend everyone in the family will support Toulon. Besides, my family made the trip for the game.”