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Carter kicks world record
All Blacks surpasses Wilkinson as leading Test scorer
Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Dan Carter became the world’s leading points scorer in Test rugby despite an off day with the boot during New Zealand’s 25-37 win over Wales at the weekend.
Carter, easily the best fly-half in the world, surpassed Jonny Wilkinson’s haul of 1178 to claim the world record. And it was fitting that the milestone came against the same opposition that he made he international debut against in 2003, when he claimed his first Test points – 20 in total – in a 55-3 win in Hamilton.
It took him eight minutes to move past Wilkinson’s total with a nervous kick that wobbled through the posts and, with plenty of years ahead of him, his record could stand for some time - especially as he is playing in the best team in the world too.
Carter has long been admired for the standards he sets on the rugby field and he is seen as an indispensible cog in the New Zealand wheel. If anyone is to stop this team from sweeping all before them, then stopping Carter is going to be one of the major musts.
Not only is he sensational with his boot, he makes the All Blacks tick, stringing phases of play together and bringing others into the match. He will need to be targeted come the World Cup and it will be fascinating to see how teams deal with him there.
Having said all this, Wales pushed the All Blacks all the way and forced the visitors to scrap every inch of the way so that they could equal South Africa’s record of four Grand Slams over the Home Nations.
Stephen Jones’ boot kept Wales in touch until late on when Isaia Toeava and John Afoa crashed over for tries to send the Welsh packing. Hosea Gear, twice, and Mils Mulianina also crossed for New Zealand, with Lee Byrne getting a late try for the hosts.
Depressingly for the Welsh, this was their 24th successive defeat to the All Blacks – their last success coming way back on 1953 and Warren Gatland’s side have now gone seven games without a win against any opposition.