HADLEIGH PARKES went off to compare sore heads with his brother after putting Wales on the brink of another Grand Slam.
Just like man of the match Parkes’ battle-scarred face, their 18-11 win over Scotland was not pretty.
2 New Zealand-born Hadleigh Parkes says brother Scott will celebrate harder than anyone if Wales land the Grand Slam after flying from the other side of the world
They clung on grimly to their half-time 15-6 lead after tries by Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies.
Parkes knows the lack of panache will not matter a jot if victory over Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday clinches a third Grand Slam under Warren Gatland.
And the Kiwi-born centre, who had around a dozen stitches in two cuts above his right eye, promised no one will celebrate harder than his brother Scott.
He flew from the other side of the world for the final two Six Nations games after being promised it would not be a wasted trip.
Parkes explained: “When Scott booked this trip last August he asked me if I would be playing and will there be something to play for. Talk about adding to the pressure.
“I said I didn’t know on either count, but I hoped so, and that was good enough for him.
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“I’ve got a few battle scars, but nothing too bad. I had six or seven stitches in the one cut and a few more in deep.
“It looks worse than it is. I think Scott will still recognise me.
“After he flew into Edinburgh he was straight on the whiskies, so I think he was feeling his head more than I am!
“I did tell him that if I wasn’t involved in the Six Nations for whatever reason we’d have a bit of a holiday.
He’s over on a ten-day lads trip, so he’s super-pumped about this next week too.
“I’m not actually feeling any pain at the moment, maybe because of the euphoria. It won’t be a problem for the Ireland game.”
Parkes, 31, made his Wales debut two years ago after joining Scarlets in 2014 and admits he dreamed of playing in matches like Saturday’s Six Nations decider.