Lions coach Neil Jenkins has been impressed by the standard of kicking
Last Updated: 26/06/13 10:18am
Lions coach Neil Jenkins watches Leigh Halfpenny line up a kick
Neil Jenkins believes the British and Irish Lions can boot their way to a series victory in Australia.
The Lions kicking specialist says the tourists have an embarrassment of riches in the quartet of Leigh Halfpenny, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Sexton and Stuart Hogg, who have landed 55 of their 64 attempts at goal during the current tour.
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First-choice kicker Halfpenny has a 93 per cent success rate on the tour, landing 27 from 29, while Farrell has a return of 18 from 19.
Australia, in contrast, have struggled with the boot with Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor missing a combined seven attempts during the 23-21 first Test defeat in Brisbane.
Jenkins said: "It generally is goal-kicking that wins or loses Test matches. We are lucky to have the kickers we have. They are the best of the best.
"Kicking is a huge part of the game, we all acknowledge that, and Leigh has been a tremendous kicker now for the past two years. He has put a huge amount of work in and he is pretty special in what he does.
Kicking the key for Jenkins
"Personally, he's a joy to work with. I'm really enjoying working with Owen and Jonny and Hoggy's doing good work now.
"The standards of these boys are massive. Someone like Jonny, for example, his work ethic is ridiculous. That is why he's achieved what he has. Leigh is not too far away from that level. He works incredibly hard at his game.
"It generally is goal-kicking that wins or loses Test matches. We are lucky to have the kickers we have. They are the best of the best."
"He probably doesn't stay out there as long as Jonny, but he works incredibly hard. He'll focus on perfecting every spot and won't move on until he is happy."
"Overall, we are fortunate in the quality of kickers we have. All have come on at times and done their jobs. We've had the occasional miss, but that's normal."