Tuesday 23 January 2018

Leigh Halfpenny major doubt for Toulon in Champions Cup semi clash with Leinster

Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny

Toulon's sniper supreme Leigh Halfpenny could be out of the Champions Cup semi-final with an injury to his right shoulder.

The Wales full-back was clicking up the points, 13 to be exact, in the first-half against Grenoble on Saturday, only to fail to appear for the second due to what has been reported as a 'minor dislocation'.

It was a thumping tackle from Grenoble's openside Peter Kimlin on the half-hour that stopped Halfpenny in his tracks.

He bravely played on to half-time when a more thorough examination prompted his removal.

Interestingly, it is the same shoulder on which he had surgery following a dislocation against England in the 2014 Six Nations.

This is the latest in a string of injuries that has halted the 26-year-old's stellar career. He struggled on transfer from Cardiff Blues with a groin injury that had hard-to-please owner Mourad Boudjellal suggesting a cancellation of contract.

Then, Halfpenny suffered a concussion from a tackle on Italy's Samuela Vunisa on the final day of the Six Nations.

This necessitated the return-to-play protocols which ended with his reintroduction against Grenoble when the bang came about.

While Leinster have spoken of the necessity to score tries against Toulon, they do have the highest points scorer in the competition in their locker room.

Ian Madigan has racked up 98 points this season, to possibly give Leinster an unforeseen advantage.


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