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It was a bit of a blur for Halfpenny.

LEIGH HALFPENNY has admitted that memories of his punishing role in Wales' dramatic Triple Crown triumph are all "a bit of a blur."

Full-back Halfpenny kicked 14 points in Wales' 19-12 victory over England at Twickenham, but his most significant contribution came during the dying seconds when he helped prevent a David Strettle try for England.

Halfpenny's initial tackle on the England and Saracens wing left him dazed, before centre Jonathan Davies completed a heroic defensive job and stopped Strettle from touching down.

"I took a bump to the head, and I was pretty dazed. I think I put my head between his knees - I tried to do anything I could to bring him down," Halfpenny said.

"The Wales physio said it was no try and that we had won. It was all a bit of a blur.

"I was allowed to come back out on the pitch to see Sam Warburton lift the trophy, and that is the first thing I remember.

"The physio had said no try, we had won, but it didn't really sink in because I was pretty dazed. It certainly sank in when I saw Sam lift the trophy."

Wales could not celebrate until television match official, Scotsman Iain Ramage, ruled in their favour, and Halfpenny agreed with assessments that it was probably the most important tackle he had ever made.

"I didn't manage to quite get hold of him, but I did enough to put him off his stride," he added.

"Shaun Edwards [Wales defence coach] is a very passionate coach who demands the highest quality of his players.

"His enthusiasm and passion in defence comes out, and that is what came out in the game - bodies on the line, do anything to keep them out."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Feb 27, 2012
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