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Carter can’t wait for his first World Cup final

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter couldn’t hide his happiness after getting the chance to play in his first Rugby World Cup final.



Carter was outstanding for the All Blacks as they defeated South Africa 20-18 to make Saturday’s main event.

A sharply-executed drop goal at the start of the second half, followed by a rip on Schalk Burger to set up Beauden Barrett’s try, were two highlights from Carter’s impressive outing.

“You should have seen the smile on my face at the end of the game. To hold out there in that last five minutes was awesome,” Carter said.

Carter’s drop goal to make it 10-12 at the start of the second half was a key turning point in the contest.

He revealed: “It can be a bit of a psychological blow to the opposition when you go down to 14 men and you concede points so we just wanted to control the game a little bit if there’s any chance to take the shot. Luckily it flew off the boot pretty well.”

Carter should now play in his first World Cup final, having been sidelined through injury four years ago, while he also went off injured during New Zealand’s quarter-final loss to France in 2007.

Carter dismissed concerns over his some bandaging on his knee, saying it was just a precaution.

“Yeah, it’s good. Got through the game well. Bumps and bruises so it’s all part of it,” he stated.

“You know I recover well and I’m looking forward to (the final).”