Rugby

Dan Carter cited for tackle

2009-11-08 20:07
Dan Carter (AFP)
London - New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Wales scrumhalf Martin Roberts during Saturday's Test at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

VIDEO: Click here to watch Dan Carter's tackle

Carter was jeered off the pitch after the head-high tackle, which incensed Wales coach Warren Gatland, and will face a disciplinary hearing in Milan, where the New Zealand squad are preparing for next weekend's clash against Italy.

He is due to appear before International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer Jeff Blackett, who is also the Rugby Football Union's disciplinary chief.

The 27-year-old, who was not yellow-carded for the offence by match referee Craig Joubert, could receive a minimum one-week ban.

Carter, who kicked 14 points during the All Blacks' 19-12 victory, was cited by Australian match commissioner Scott Nowland.

He is the third All Blacks player to be cited in a week, following one-week suspensions dished out to wing Sitiveni Sivivatu and prop Tony Woodcock for foul play during the victory over Australia in Tokyo.

Roberts, who had come on as a replacement, admitted Carter had apologised for the tackle.

"Looking at the replay it did look quite high. He did apologise to me. He said 'sorry for the tackle' after the game," he said.

"Things like that happen in games, and you just have to take it on the chin. It looked bad, but I was fine.

"Everyone has got their views and opinions, but as a player you just get on with it. The referee makes decisions."

Gatland, though, had no doubt Carter should have been yellow-carded.

"It was a head-high tackle," he said. "A guy makes a break in the 22, and if that had happened at the other end then it would have been a penalty and a yellow card.

"All the officials missed it, so we are pretty disappointed with that."

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith conceded New Zealand's general discipline was below the required standard.

"One of the worrying things was that our discipline still wasn't good enough," he said.

"We gave away far too many penalties and we are letting teams into games.

"I think our defence is really good, and the main way teams are making metres against us is through penalties. There were a lot of silly penalties conceded."

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