Gits relishes Carter challenge

Matt Giteau says he is up for the task of containing and testing the returning Dan Cater.

The pair, widely recognised as the best flyhalves in the game, are expected to front up in Sydney next Saturday for Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Carter has just recently returned from an Achilles injury, but isn’t expected to take long to settle back into his prolific groove.

‘I’m sure he will have a huge influence for them,’ Giteau said. ‘For whoever is the flyhalf, for me individually it is a big challenge and certainly one that I welcome, you enjoy playing the best.

‘I consider him probably the best flyhalf in world rugby. It will be good to play against him, but we’re just focusing on getting our first [Tri-Nations] win.

‘I think South Africa has shown how important it is to win those home games, winning all three of theirs. It shows how vital it is for us to win all of our three and it starts next Saturday.’

Giteau was at the centre of debate last week after his horrific tackle on Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez went unpunished in a disciplinary hearing. He was yellow carded, and says those 10 minutes were hard but not as hard as coming away empty handed from the Test.

‘It was [frustrating] more just because of being sin-binned. I think that’s the hardest 10 minutes of rugby I’ve ever had to do,” Giteau said.

‘I found that frustrating, to go there and train and prepare as well as we did and then not come away with the win, we were disappointed.’