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Halfpenny in fine form as Welsh star helps Toulon reach cup final

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny admitted it was a dream come true after he helped Toulon reach the European Champions Cup final following an extra-time victory over Leinster at Stade Velodrome yesterday.

Halfpenny joined Toulon from Cardiff Blues last summer. Credit: PA

The former Cardiff Blues full-back kicked six penalties and a conversion of wing Bryan Habana's interception try midway through the additional 20 minutes as Toulon won out 25-20 to book a Twickenham final appointment with Jonathan Davies' Clermont Auvergne next month.

"As a professional rugby player, something like this is what you grow up dreaming of. You work hard day in, day out to be involved in the big matches, and the success and ambition of Toulon, I felt that I wanted to be a part of that. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity and it was a challenge I felt that I needed. To be rubbing shoulders with these guys, I can only feel it is helping my game. The intensity and physicality today was right up there with an international match. It was touch and go throughout and games sometimes are decided by very small margins. You could not switch off for one second and credit to the boys. The character they showed was immense."

– Leigh Halfpenny, Toulon and Wales

Halfpenny was part of the Blues team that lost a 2009 semi-final penalty shoot-out against Leicester in Cardiff.

"I did think of that and I thought 'here we go again'. But Bryan read that pass superbly and luckily we didn't have to go to a penalty shoot-out this time."

– Leigh Halfpenny, Toulon and Wales


Full-time: Leicester 2-0 Swansea

Swansea City's clash with Leicester at the King Power Stadium has ended in a 2-0 defeat this afternoon.

Swansea's Nelson Oliveira has a shot during today's game against Leicester. Credit: Ryan Browne/PA Wire

Despite Swansea's attempts to rally in the second half, with notable attempts from Jonjo Shelvey and Nelson Oliveira, it was another disappointing match for Garry Monk's side.


Ian Woosnam to headline Wales Senior Open

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam will headline this year's Wales Senior Open in Newport.

The event takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort on May 29-31.

Woosnam, a winner of five Senior Tour and 29 European Tour titles, will be joined in the city by a host of fellow former Ryder Cup players and the winners of more than 750 tournaments worldwide.

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam says he is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans. Credit: European Tour Communications

It's great for the Senior Tour and also for Wales that the Wales Senior Open is back on the schedule. Obviously I’d love to add the tournament to my list of wins, so I’ll be trying my best to get my hands on the trophy at Celtic Manor this year.

It’s always nice to play in front of your home fans, so hopefully we’ll get a big crowd to come out and support us all, just like we had at Porthcawl for the Senior Open last year.

– Ian Woosnam
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