Carter appreciates the 2003 World-Cup-Winning, Wilkinson

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  • Carter appreciates the 2003 World-Cup-Winning, Wilkinson

Carter appreciates the 2003 World-Cup-Winning, Wilkinson

 

Dan Carter, the out-half of the New Zealand’s national rugby union team-All Blacks, has appreciated the high performance profile exhibited by Jonny Wilkinson, the member of the  England’s national rugby union team, who swept past Carter’s world record during the Six Nations. Carter is hopeful of retrieving the current highest record points by Wilkinson with many forthcoming matches lined-up before the Rugby World Cup 2011.

While mentioning about his “Point Scorer Title” Carter stated, "When I got the Points Scorer title back in my last Test match last season I always knew that Jonny would take it over again at some stage. I'm quite lucky that Toby Flood was playing some good footy and keeping Jonny out otherwise he could've scored a few more points. But it's great to see Jonny back playing, he's deserving of that record, he's been around for a long time and he's a fantastic player. Hopefully I can get a few more games in before the World Cup and get those points back as soon as possible."

Marching into the Tri- Nations 2011, Carter of New Zealand is presently lagging behind Wilkinson by seven points only, which he is expecting to beat during All Blacks’ clash against either Fiji on July 22 or against the South Africa on July 30. However, he thanked Flood for hampering Jonny in mustering up more points with the agility in his footwork.  

Wilkinson on the other hand boasts a brilliant profile, densely punctuated with honours and awards. His commendable performance during the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2003 won him the title of “World’s Best Rugby Player” and cantered England towards the RWC 2003 title. His all-test -score is 1,195, which is the highest so far. Also, Wilkinson has scored a total of 67 test points in 6 test games, while he was touring with British and Irish Lions in 2001 and 2005.

Wilkinson’s drop-goal during the very last minute of the RWC 2003, against Australia, is one of his praiseworthy moments, which will be remembered till the end of times. Appreciating the World Cup winning performance of Wilkinson, Carter has acknowledged that he needs to improve on his drop-goals, in order to bag Rugby World Cup 2011(RWC 2011) for the New Zealand. Without having kicked even once for the drop-goal at any World Cup so far, Carter believes that acing the drop-goals will help him score in high pressure zone, for a successful outcome.

Carter, with ample opportunities at hand to even out Wilkinson’s highest score will also be heading out to face Reds with the Crusaders’ squad, on July 9, 2011, for the Super Rugby final.

All of these opportunities are helping to create optimum conditions for Dan Carter to snatch back the world’s highest record from his English opponent, Jonny Wilkinson, and set a new one   which does not get beaten easily.

 

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