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Carter or Giteau

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by theBollard (U1732127) 26 November 2008
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Having read some of the comments regarding the Wales / NZ game I was wondering what everyone things of Dan Carter's current performances. To me he's been in 3rd gear over the last year or so compared to 3 or so years back. The brilliance in the AB's back line is for me is the back three, personally I think Giteau is the best no 10 in the world bar none.

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posted Nov 27, 2008

Carter ands Giteau are miles apart. While Giteau may be on form Carter was, is and will always be the number 1 10 in the world for as long as he plays. Its no coincidence that he has more points per game for New Zealand than any other player in history. That ranks him above many great players. More than this he is immaculately solid in defence, has the pace and skill to pull apart any defence, his kicking out of hand is second to none and he is a world class place kicker. His decision making is more or less perfect and he creates many more than tries he scores himself which in itself is more than any other outhalf in international rugby's history. What more do you want from a 10? Regardless of Giteau's form he will forever play second fiddle to Carter. Carter does play in a superior team, but he is a very significant reason why that team is at the level that it is.

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posted Nov 27, 2008

I play alongside Dan for the All Blacks, and can confirm that us All Blacks and DC are still underperforming considering how spanking good we could be.

We can probably go up about 40% / 5 gears.

It may seem that we always say that, but it's true.

Dan for PM. xx

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posted Nov 28, 2008

Carter is a better all round player. Giteau is a better runner but his kicking game was lacking in the losses to NZ this year.

Agreed, both world class and a fair way ahead of the pack. A bad day for either is still better than a good day for most!

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posted Nov 28, 2008

Not a bad thing to be underpreforming and still score 19 points against Wales. Giteau started outside larkham for his first few seasons so a ANZAC team with them at 10-12 would be a deadly sight for any opposition!!

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comment by Nathan (U9208515)

posted Nov 28, 2008

Carter has a presence that Giteau doesn't, so the Kiwi would be my no.10 in a world 15. Both players conduct themselves well in the media glare so respect to them.

oh what the hell...

1, Tony Woodcock
2, Lee Mears
3, Carl Haymans
4, Bakkies Botha
5, Victor Matfield
6, Juan Smith
7, Ritchie McCaw (Captain)
8, Rodney So'oialo

9, Fourie Du Preez
10, Daniel Carter

11, Shane Williams
12, Jean De Villiers
13, Brian O'Driscoll
14, Brian Habana
15, Mils Muliaina

Head Coach: Me!

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posted Nov 28, 2008

captainspec - not a bad team at all but 2 cahnges for me.
smit for meers and as capt
burger for mcaw

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posted Nov 28, 2008

G00DIE10 (U12103924) hit the nail on the head.

In every respect, Carter is superior, if not by much, but even when he does not play his best, such as in the past year, he is still able to control a game of rugby.

The fact that he plays with a more talented group of players is irrevelevant. As G00DIE10 (U12103924) said, he is a major reason why they are a better team than the Wallabies.

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posted Nov 28, 2008

Burger for McCaw? Burger isn't anywhere near as accurate.

Still love watching him play though. McCaw at 7 with Burger 6 would decimate most teams at the breakdown.

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comment by telstra (U6178937)

posted Nov 28, 2008

Mortlock for de Villiers no question

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posted Nov 28, 2008

I'd say Mortlock for O'Driscoll actually-I like de Villers a lot at 12. Him and Fourie are a great partnership.

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