Leigh Halfpenny's try-saving tackle during the opening quarter of the European Challenge Cup last-eight match in Toulon left rugby fans purring.

Not long after the 10-minute mark, Toulon looked certain to score - and take the lead - when the ball was spread right to Toulon full-back Daniel Ikepfan.

With the line beckoning and the defence stretched, and Ikepfan in full flight, it seemed only a question of where the conversion would be taken from.

Suddenly, into the picture came Halfpenny, ripping across field and managing to wrap himself around his opposite number's ankles.

Bringing him to the ground, the try-saving hit from the Scarlets No.15 generated huge plaudits from TV viewers, with some calling it a contender for tackle of the season and dubbing the former Toulon player the best defensive full-back in the world.

Watch the tackle here:

It didn't take long for viewers to air their thoughts on the high-skilled manouvre.

The Scarlets were 6-0 ahead at half time at Stade Mayol thanks to two Leigh Halfpenny penalties.

Toulon had a Sergio Parisse try appeal turned down, when the officials ruled there had been a forward pass in the build-up.

But the great Italian No. 8 later legally got over the line.

Try as they might the Welsh side couldn't cross the whitewash themselves as their Challenge Cup journey ended at Stade Felix Mayol with an 11-6 defeat.

Halfpenny was forced off for a HIA in the dying stages after a heavy bump in a tackle.

You can read the full match report here.