Dan Carter mesmerises

2012-11-12 09:29

Wellington - Dan Carter’s mesmerising performance has left UK rugby scribes grasping for the superlatives in the wake of yet another dominant All Black performance against Scotland on Sunday.

According to website, the 30-year-old, playing his 93rd Test, was the standout individual on display as the All Blacks ran in six tries to three to get their annual northern tour off to a successful, if predictable, start with a 51-22 victory.

Writing for The Times, John Westerby praised Carter’s “creative influence” as the master flyhalf had a direct hand in three tries and landed nine of his 10 shots at goal for a haul of 21 points.

“Some flyhalves can pass, some can kick, some can tackle and some can run. Carter did all of these things, his running game of a class that no other fly half comes close to matching,” wrote Westerby.

He said Carter “strolled through the game with a magisterial air… however frenetic the action around him, Carter, with his gently rolling gait, appears to be running through his repertoire at three-quarter pace.

“Such wonderful cohesion was all the more remarkable for the 10 changes, demonstrating that, for all the stardust sprinkled by Carter and Richie McCaw, the key to the All Blacks' success is the ability to keep 15 players on the same wavelength.”

Writing in The Guardian, respected rugby scribe Robert Kitson said Carter’s performance “illuminated” a mild Edinburgh afternoon.

“On this evidence, the world champions will end 2012 triumphantly unbeaten and Carter will be the world's best number 10 for as long as he laces up his white boots,” wrote Kitson.

“In the second quarter, in particular, the All Blacks' passing was little short of mesmeric as Carter and friends scored three dagger-sharp tries in seven minutes to kill the game as a contest.”

The Guardian scribe also pointed out the folly of Scotland’s seemingly reluctant defensive line.

“Offering Carter and the All Black midfield extra room is the rugby equivalent of giving Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid a few extra sticks of dynamite.

‘‘It is now seven years since an unstoppable Carter took the Lions apart in Wellington with the definitive flyhalf display of the modern era, but age has not wearied him.”

Veteran Telegraph rugby man Mick Clearly was no less flowing in his praise as the All Blacks continued a northern tour win streak that dates back to 2002.

“There were times when the All Blacks flowed across the turf like an irresistible tide coming to shore,” wrote Cleary.

“New Zealand have lost none of their aura, retaining all of their power and majesty.

“At the heart of their all-consuming performance was Carter... it was the effortless grace of his play that took the breath away. Carter not only has touch, vision, and deftness, but he is also tough, forever in the fray [and] nerveless in all that he does. Where others look hurried, Carter is poised, the master of all that he surveys.”

Cleary wrote that these All Blacks have the “instincts of a predator, sniffing weakness from a hundred paces” and that Carter was “without equal in that regard”.

It wasn’t only those writing from the comfort of the media tribunes that were won over by the All Blacks’ tour-opening effort.

Scots flanker Alasdair Strokosch told reporters after the game that the speed with which the All Blacks played in the first half had been difficult to counter.

"We just don't see a lot of that in Europe," he said.

"They execute everything at such high speed, with very few mistakes, it's very difficult to play against."

Scotland coach Andy Robinson also joined the Carter bandwagon, ruing his side’s lack of defensive line speed.

"If you give a guy like that time and space he'll pull the strings," said Robinson.

"He just sucks you in: pass, pass, pass and then he's gone. That's the quality of the man."


  • dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-12 09:33

    better than lambie could ever be

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-12 10:02

      although their IQs are about the same, combined the total IQ for Lambie and Carter must be about 98

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-11-12 10:27

      These guys are CLASS and UNDOUBTEDLY in another level. Not even Heineken possess the skills to coach these Masters of the game, instead they are capable of coaching him. DAN the MAN!!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 10:57

      @dao... As opposed to Morne 'I fink I can like to kick' Steyn?

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-12 12:44

      The Scots must be soo greatful Sonny Bill was NOT next to MagiC Carter.

      tee.baas - 2012-11-12 13:01

      Thats because we keep changing our flyhalve around. We need a coach that will have his number 1 flyhalf and stick with him. Cater was playing under Andrew M for some time, learned a few things from him and got his chance. Meyer came in with MS as his 1st choice noe that MS has failed and does not look like recovering, he should pick LAmbie or Elton and stick with them, why cant they be better than Cater in 5 years?

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 13:31

      You either have it or you don't. Their strengths are not the same as DC's. Freaks like him come along every now and again. It's like expecting every cyclist to be like Lance, oh wait a second... :)

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-12 13:45

      you will find morne steyn has the 2nd most super rugby titles behind dan carter if we are comparing flyhalves. 1,289, Daniel Carter, Crusaders (2001–08, 2010 – present) 1,134, Morné Steyn, Bulls (2005–present) in 8 years morne steyn has only 150 fewer points than carter has amassed in 11 years. what a man. and no injuries. unlike lambie and carter. lambie cant even get a start at flyhalf with michalak at the sharks. how embarrassing if anything i said is factually wrong, i reject your facts and substitute my own.

  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-11-12 09:58

    He is a real fly half.

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-12 14:12

      and he may be the only real genuine downs syndrome playing test rugby

      Rich.Dolgun - 2012-11-12 15:29

      Dao, you are an absolute tool. Can you understand me? You are an absolute tool! Go and eat some cockroaches or whatever it is that you like to do. F**k what an idiot!

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-12 22:42

      Crickets, we eat crickets

  • nick.vuletic - 2012-11-12 09:58

    Dan \The Man\ Carter - Best Flyhalf there has ever been - and thats a fact!

  • renaldo.beukes - 2012-11-12 10:02

    Best Flyhalf of All Time

  • - 2012-11-12 10:06

    Where was DC at 20? lalala!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 10:08

      Single handedly destroying the B&I Lions...Idiot!

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 10:09

    The best there is, was and ever will be!!! Long live the Dan and Richie show :)

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-11-12 10:19

    Lambie is a joke in fact the entire SA team at present is a joke. - 2012-11-12 10:51

      totally agree, and its not the type of joke that makes u laugh!!!

  • ikwagga - 2012-11-12 10:37

    They forgot something: Mckaw shine aon fly half, that is for Scotland. The AB loose forwards are so far offside it is becoming a joke.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 10:52

      Would reply if you made any sense?

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-11-12 11:09

    Dan is the man! best flyhalf to ever play the game. He posses and masters all the skill sets of the modern flyhalf. I have to say Lambie plays a similar style of rugby that Dan does. Not as well but he has the potential to be almost as potent as Carter. - 2012-11-12 11:16

      Very good ja but best? Nee pal Naas die Baas was en sal die beste bly. Jimmy you reading this too?

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-12 11:26

      Lol, whatever! You can believe that as much as you like, but Naas in his own words will disagree with you. Go watch the Ali Bacher interview. DC has the full skill set, but most of the world has know this for a while now! - 2012-11-12 11:30

      OK let's give it to DC. I like okes posing in their jocks so ye DC you da man in a "BIG" way!

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-11-12 11:32

    She, Maas was good when he was behind and protected by the then Blue Bulls pack other than that he was useless particularly when on the back foot

  • phindile.zina - 2012-11-12 12:48

    He's the greatest...has everything you could ever ask for in a flyhalf. He's one of the reasons All blacks is still unbeaten this year, not forgeting captain 'fantastic' Richie McCaw.

  • toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-12 12:57

    How fortunate is Cruden and Barret to have a guy of Cater's class mentoring them? Who do we have mentoring our young flyhalves? It's enough to make you cry if you're a Bok supporter.

  • vern.huen - 2012-11-12 15:57

    I think all global rugby fans will acknowledge that Dan Carter is a special player. What makes him special in my book though is that he is the ultimate professional in what he does on and of the pitch. Everyone loves him in New Zealand because not only is he an exceptional rugby player, he is also a great guy, humble and a role model that all kiwi junior rugby players look up to. I think you would have to travel a long way to hear any Springbok, Aussie, English or any players really around the world having a bad word to say about Dan.

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