JOHN MITCHELL looks at the role Dan Carter played at the World Cup and what the Springboks can learn from the All Blacks' example.
Daniel Carter was a colossus for the All Blacks during the 2015 World Cup final against Australia and is a worthy winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year award.
The world’s premier flyhalf was superb in the big moments at the eighth edition of the event. In the final, his three first half penalties allowed the All Blacks to build scoreboard pressure and his excellent tactical kicking ensured they enjoyed 79% territory in the first half. There was also that long exit kick, with emotion driving his forwards, that arrived just before he slotted a long-range penalty. If you ejected Carter from the All Blacks, and took all those big moments away, you wonder if New Zealand would still have won the World Cup?
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