Carter: We play until the final whistle

Date published: September 29 2015

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New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter has said that the All Blacks place great importance on being able to stay at their best for all 80 minutes, with the final minutes often where a game is won and lost.

On Saturday, England were 25-18 up against Wales with 10 minutes to play, but surrendered that advantage to lose 28-25. Chris Robshaw's side have come in for heavy criticism for letting their lead slip, and Carter does not believe that the All Blacks would have let the game get away from them in such fashion.

“We put a lot of emphasis on playing right to the last whistle,” said Carter. 

“We really pride ourselves on finishing strongly. We are a pretty fit side and those last 10, 20 minutes, as we saw on the weekend, are where games are won and lost.

“We’ve seen it on numerous occasions. We have huge self-belief that no matter which situation we are in [going into the closing stages] that we can get our way out of it, or continue to put the pressure on. It’s a very important part of the game.”

Robshaw's decision to go for touch rather than for posts when his side were awarded a penalty late on backfired when England were unable to convert from the resulting line-out, but Carter steered away from criticising the England skipper's decision.

“They obviously backed themselves to go to the corner," he said. You just have to trust the captain’s calls on things like that. Whether I would have done the same, I cannot say. You never know until you are put in that position and have a feel for the game. ”

New Zealand face Georgia the at Millennium Stadium on Friday, a venue where the All Blacks suffered a heartbreaking defeat of their own in the quarter-final of the 2007 World Cup when they lost 20-18 to France.

Carter was not on the field at the conclusion of that match after picking up an injury, and he has insisted that returning to Cardiff is something he does not dread, but rather looks forward to.

"I've had a lot of great memories here and to be honest and achieved a lot it's probably my favourite stadium in the world," he explained.

"It's just an amazing place to play, awesome atmosphere and I'm sure this Friday night is going to be exactly the same.

"People here in Wales and Cardiff are rugby made similar to Kiwis back home.

"They're so passionate about their rugby and it's just an awesome stadium and as a kicker it's quite handy having a roof on to take away wind or rain which you can have a bit of here in Cardiff.

"The atmosphere is always electric – obviously we're not playing Wales so it may not be the same, but it will still be a capacity crowd and I'm sure it will be amazing."

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