Rugby Championship

Carter: No problem with tackle

2013-09-16 07:29
Dan Carter (Getty Images)

Bismarck hit on Dan Carter

2013-09-16 07:35

Watch Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis' tackle on All Black pivot Dan Carter.

Cape Town - All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has "no problem" with the tackle that saw Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis issued with the first of his two yellow cards in Saturday's controversial Rugby Championship Test, won 29-15 by the home side, in Auckland.

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Writing on Twitter, Carter, rugby's "nice guy", wrote: Very proud of the boys tonight against a strong Boks side. Shoulder a bit sore #didntseehimcoming haha.

Nothing wrong with the tackle. Fell awkwardly and popped my AC joint #gutted #smashedembro

Carter was caught unawares by Du Plessis in a perfectly legal tackle, and was seen clutching his right shoulder in agony as a brawl ensued between several players from both sides.

Carter was forced to leave the field and was replaced by Beauden Barrett who put in an impressive performance under the circumstances.

Du Plessis was - much to the shock of the rugby world - sin-binned by French referee Romain Poite, who the IRB has subsequently ruled was incorrect in his actions.

Shortly after the half-time break, Du Plessis was shown a second yellow - and therefore red card - following an elbow to the throat of All Blacks flank Liam Messam.

Du Plessis was cited post-Test and will learn his fate later this week after facing a judicial hearing.

After medical inspection, Carter was diagnosed as suffering a Grade 3 injury to his shoulder and will be sidelined for an expected six weeks, ruling him out of the remainder of this year's Rugby Championship tournament - as well as the final "dead" Bledisloe Cup rubber against Australia - and putting his participation in the All Blacks' end of year tour to Japan and Europe in danger.

The All Blacks are scheduled to face Japan on November 2, before they head to France, England and Ireland.

Carter has been replaced by fellow Crusaders pivot Tom Taylor in the squad for their final two Tests against Argentina (September 28) and the Springboks (October 5).

Bismarck du Plessis flattens Dan Carter (Getty Images)

Dan Carter leaves the field - and is shown sympathy by Bismarck du Plessis (Getty Images)


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