"I'm not going to lie - we had a couple of tough sessions in the last couple of days," Halfpenny
The respected BBC rugby pundit told Matt Dawson's Radio Five Live Rugby Show: "He (Leigh Halfpenny
) doesn't play automatically.
"I just recall clearing the kick and then being caught in the head," said Halfpenny
, speaking in his first interview since the incident.
followed that with two penalties before adding his second try, but the best was saved for last through waltzing wing Evans.
Dai Young, left, couldn't get a decision out of Leigh Halfpenny
about a move to Wasps
FREE TO GO Leigh Halfpenny
negotiated with his club Toulon
Given that six of Wales' last 11 Tests against the Wallabies have been decided by five points or less - all in Australia's favour - Halfpenny
could find himself quickly back in the spotlight.
Wales prevailed through five Halfpenny
penalties, a late Dan Biggar penalty and an early George North try, while Italy claimed a third-minute Leonardo Sarto touchdown before Tommaso Allan booted two penalties, Carlo Canna dropped a goal and Guglielmo Palazzani scored a try with the game's final play.
It will be 24-year-old Halfpenny
's second Lions tour, but he can only hope for better fortune than on the one in South Africa.
The ex-Glasgow boss believes in-form England ace Halfpenny
and Scots kid Hogg have given coach Warren Gatland a tough choice to make ahead of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane in June.
WALES full-back Leigh Halfpenny
is ready to put the boot into France in this weekend's Grand Slam clash and follow the example of goal-kicking hero Jonny Wilkinson.
contributed 22 points as an improved second-half display saw Wales put themselves on course for a potential Triple Crown with a 27-13 victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.
WALES - 27 (TRIES: Halfpenny
2, Cuthbert; CONS: Halfpenny
3; PENS: Halfpenny
IRELAND 21 WALES 23 LEIGH Halfpenny
was delighted to score the decisive penalty as Wales claimed a dramatic victory over Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations.
WALES wing Leigh Halfpenny
looks on course to link up with the British and Irish Lions in South Africa during the next week.