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Carter unhappy with his return

ALL BLACK outhalf Dan Carter was unimpressed by his scratchy return in the No 10 shirt against Scotland but grateful just to get through the 24-16 win unscathed.

Starting at outhalf for the first time in a year after a season blighted by a broken leg, Carter was well below his best at Murrayfield, struggling with handling errors particularly in the opening exchanges before being replaced shortly after half-time.

"That first 20 (minutes) was pretty scratchy and there were a lot of mistakes from me personally which, if I get another chance, I'll have to improve," said Carter.

"My option-taking probably wasn't the best at times. But I was pretty pleased to be back out there playing again and I felt as the game went on I grew in confidence."

Charteris: We got carried away

LUKE CHARTERIS believes Wales might have "got carried away" against flamboyant Fiji after labouring to a Millennium Stadium success that suggests next Saturday's experience against New Zealand could be all black.

Wales beat the South Sea islanders 17-13, but it continued a trend of unconvincing autumn victories over so-called lesser nations since head coach Warren Gatland took charge six years ago.

World champions New Zealand now loom large, with history stacked against Wales in a fixture they have not won since 1953, suffering 25 defeats on the bounce.

"We are disappointed with the performance," Wales lock Charteris said.

"But certainly, the performance from last week (against Australia) has dropped off considerably."


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