Tackle was good, says Carter

Dan Carter says the tackle that ended his Rugby Championship season was legitimate.

The All Blacks flyhalf, the greatest No 10 to have ever played the game in my view, tweeted: ‘Nothing wrong with the tackle. Fell awkwardly and popped my AC joint which I’m pretty gutted about but proud of the boys getting the win.’

Bismarck du Plessis was yellow carded for the 17th minute tackle on Carter, who was playing in his 97th Test. Carter has experienced an injury ravaged season and started in just three of the All Blacks seven Tests.

Carter a fortnight ago became the first player in the game’s history to pass 1400 Test points. He has won 85 of his 97 Tests.

Carter has scored 245 points against the Springboks in 18 Tests, 14 of which the All Blacks have won.

A breakdown of Carter’s Test career

Former All Blacks captain Taine Randell also said Du Plessis was wronged for the yellow card on Carter.

He wrote in a Fairfax Media column: ‘I am so disappointed with the way a number of controversial decisions, which still don’t make any sense to me, dictated the game.

‘Bismarck du Plessis’s yellow card for a legitimate tackle on Dan Carter was totally unfair, and as a fan I’ve not been able to watch the best of what we’ve got, against the best of South Africa.

‘Last night’s game was not decided on equal measure and at this level of the game, that is not acceptable.’

Carter’s career
2004 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year
2004 – Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
2005 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year
2005 – IRB International Player of the Year
2006 – Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
2010 – Most super Rugby points in the world
2012 – IRB International Player of the Year

Canterbuy
2001 NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion
2004 NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion
2008 NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion
2009 NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion
2010 NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion

Crusaders
2002 Super 12 Champion
2005 Super 12 Champion
2006 Super 14 Champion
2008 Super 14 Champion

Perpignan
2009 Top 14 Champion

New Zealand
2003 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2005 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2005 Home Nations Grand Slam Tour and Bledisloe Cup winner
2006 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2007 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2008 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2008 Home Nations Grand Slam Tour and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2010 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2010 Home Nations Grand Slam Tour and Bledisloe Cup winner
2011 Rugby World Cup Winner and Bledisloe Cup Winner
2012 Rugby Championship Winner and Bledisloe Cup Winner