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Halfpenny eager to go full tilt at Scots

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny (inset) has inflicted his fair share of pain on Scotland – and today's Murrayfield clash between the countries might prove no exception.

When it comes to Six Nations opponents, Halfpenny has punished Scotland like no other.

The full-back's tally of 32 points against them in just three appearances features four tries, including a double last season.

Since taking over from an out-of-sorts Rhys Priestland as principal goalkicker midway through Wales' 2012 Six Nations opener against Ireland, Halfpenny has amassed 184 points in 15 Tests.

If the 24-year-old maintains his current strike rate, he will overtake Paul Thorburn as Wales' fourth all-time highest points scorer behind Neil Jenkins, Stephen Jones and James Hook later this year.

On present form, a British and Irish Lions Test place also beckons against Australia in June.

"I am pleased with how things have been going," said Halfpenny, whose head-to-head with Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg today could easily pass as a Lions Test team audition.

"Iwant to get my hands on the ball more and come into the line more. But overall, I'm pretty pleased with how the kicking has been going. I need to keep working on that and keep that going.

ATTACK

"The last two games (against France and Italy) have been pretty tight games, with not much attack.

"It has been low-risk rugby, playing more territory and putting pressure on the opposition to attack.

"Hopefully, we can get plenty of ball out wide and show a bit more of our attacking game. We all want to get the ball in our hands and we want to score tries – there is no better feeling than that."

SCOTLAND v WALES TODAY (KO 2.30) RTE2


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