Carter wants to bury Bok bogey

Dan Carter knows he played his worst test for New Zealand in Cape Town last year. Now he wants to set the record straight.

Sensational against the Boks in the 35-17 win in Wellington, Carter feels the two tests in South Africa, starting on Saturday, gives him a chance at redemption after the shocker at Newlands a year ago.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I thrive on these sorts of challenge,” he told XtraMSN Rugby. “It’s a chance to test myself. I didn’t go so well over there last year so it’s a chance to go out there and show my skills and play well out of New Zealand.”

Carter has done the business at Loftus with the Crusaders and a few months ago was the star in the Crusaders massive win in Pretoria. But it is in the black jersey that he wants to make a similar impression in South Africa.

“We have struggled a bit in the past over there (South Africa), so there is some real incentive to play some good footy in South Africa. We have never played two tests over there and it’s going to be a huge challenge. But it’s something we are really looking forward to.”

Carter told Xtra’s Marc Hinton that playing at altitude did not bother him.

“The South Africans really get fired up in front of a home crowed, so it’s going to be extremely tough. But we are looking forward to it.”