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Carter scores 15 on NZ comeback

Posted Aug 11, 2011 by Chris White

Dan Carter was influential in the victory for New Zealand

Fit-again Dan Carter inspired New Zealand to a crushing 30-14 victory against Australia at Eden Park, as the All Blacks recorded their ninth straight victory in the Tri Nations competition.

The Kiwis crossed three times in the match as they dominated from the early stages, taking a 17-0 lead into the break. When Dan Carter nailed a 40-metre penalty in just the sixth minute, New Zealand – fielding the oldest starting line-up in the competition’s history – took control, with Ma’a Nonu crashing over the line shortly after following a brilliant counter attack from the home side, which Carter converted.

In the 26th minute, Keven Mealamu added another five points for the home side, driving over the line after Richie McCaw was held up just short of the whitewash.

The visitors could have closed the gap before half time, but James O’Connor sliced two penalties wide of the uprights, and then missed another just after the break, before Carter showed him how it was done, making it 20-0. To rub salt into the wounds, Carter then scored a rare drop-goal.

When Australia did get onto the scoreboard, it was possibly the move of the match, with fullback Kurtley Beale leading a breakaway before finding Digby Ioane who ran in to score in the 51st minute, with Quade Cooper adding the extras.

The All Blacks hit back immediately, as Conrad Smith collected the restart, passed inside to Sitiveni Sivivatu and he dived over, with Carter converting.

Another penalty from Carter completed the All Blacks’ scoring, making it a personal tally of 15 for the returning Carter, but Rocky Elsom managed to get himself on the scoresheet, cutting in from the right flank to power over. Quad Cooper added the 2 points to make the final score 30-14 to New Zealand.

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