Carter puts boot into Auckland

Dan Carter scored all of Canterbury’s points as they won 22-16 at Eden Park on Saturday.

It was only the flyhalf’s second first-class outing since suffering a serious Achilles injury in France six months ago. All Blacks coach Graham Henry must now be very tempted to include him in his match 22 for the Test against the Wallabies in Sydney later this month.

Against Auckland, Carter scored a decisive try 10 minutes from full-time and kicked five penalties and a conversion. His kicking out of hand was also impressive.

New Zealand Cup results:
Northland 29 Taranaki 16
North Harbour 15 Tasman 19
Otago 19 Southland 26
Waikato 30 Manawatu 22
Hawke’s Bay 13 Wellington 21
Auckland 16 Canterbury 22