Cardiff Blues trio in M4 petrol calamity

Leigh Halfpenny (left) arrives with a can of petrol to save Jamie Roberts and Sam Warburton
Leigh Halfpenny (left) arrives with a can of petrol to save Jamie Roberts and Sam Warburton

Wales captain Sam Warburton was the butt of Twitter jokes on Monday night when he became stranded on the M4 after running out of petrol.

Warburton, an intelligent driving force while leading Wales to fourth place at the 2011 World Cup, was returning from the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2011 award ceremony at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

His passenger was fellow Wales and Cardiff Blues team-mate Jamie Roberts - and the centre did not hold back in his ridicule of his captain.

"I DON'T BELIEVE IT.....lift home with @samwarburton_ and he runs out of petrol on the side of the m4," wrote Roberts on his Twitter feed.

But there was help at hand for the hapless duo.

Cardiff and Wales wing Leigh Halfpenny, whose pace on the field ensures he can never be accused of lacking any gas, was also returning from Swansea and answered the SOS call.

"@Jamiehuwroberts @samwarburton_ don't worry lads on my way petrol can fully loaded with diesel #totherescue", he tweeted.

And while they waited on the hard shoulder for Halfpenny to arrive, Roberts and Warburton held an impromptu question and answer session with some fans on the social networking site.

We learned that Roberts' favourite cheese is mild cheddar, while Warburton enjoys a tuna sandwich more than any other.

And what about a Christmas gift, enquired @bethyyeah..."A lift with a bloke that's not as tight as @samwarburton_," replied Roberts.

Halfpenny's emergency supply allowed Warburton to fill up at the nearest service station, before dropping Roberts off to collect his own car.

But after his unabated mockery of Warburton's folly, Roberts was in for a surprise when he started his own car to find he too was almost out of petrol.

"Touch of irony....just got dropped off by @samwarburton_ to my car and see this on my dashboard," he said.

Jamie Roberts' dashboard warning
Roberts also needed an urgent visit to the petrol station after returning to his car

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