Leigh Halfpenny voted British and Irish Lions man of the series

Leigh Halfpenny voted British and Irish Lions man of the series

Leigh Halfpenny voted British and Irish Lions man of the series

Having kicked 21 points and help create two tries that secured the win in the decisive test match, the Cardiff Blues Fullback crowned a fantastic tour being voted the Lions man of the series

Speaking of the achievement Halfpenny said,

“I can’t put it into words really how much it means. It’s everything I’ve dreamed of as a kid growing up watching Lions tours.

“To be part of a winning Lions tour is one of the best things ever and up there with the best moments of my career.

“It’s a huge squad effort, there’s a lot of hard work gone in since the start and the goal has always been to come away with a series win and that’s what we’ve done.

“It was nice to be able to create some tries for the boys through a bit of counter-attack and great support from Jonny for his try and George.

“I can’t put into words how amazing it feels… there’s no better feeling than seeing the boys going over for all the tries.

“I had the chance to win it for the Lions (in the second test) and I didn’t take it. That is what all the hard work is for, for moments like that. I was devastated at not being able to do it.

“It was touch and go, that kick. I felt if I connected with it I would make it, but I didn’t connect and it took me a few days to shake it off.

“It was hard after the game, I was pretty down. It was tough, really tough.

“But we had another chance, and people made that clear to me we had another chance. Not often in sport do you get a second chance.

“I had to put it behind me but I also used the experience. I didn’t want to feel like that again.

“I used it as a motivation because the disappointment can stay with you. I wanted to be a part of a Lions series win and it helped me.

“I’ve worked harder and harder in training and it all paid off.”

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