New Zealand v Austraila, Tri-Nations, September 19
Carter has belief in All Blacks
September 13, 2009
New Zealand's Dan Carter in action during an All Blacks training session in Sydney, North Sydney Oval, Sydney, Australia, August 17, 2009
Dan Carter is confident that the All Blacks are about to turn a corner © Getty Images

Dan Carter believes that the All Blacks' showing in the final 30 minutes against South Africa hints that their best form is just around the corner.

A 32-29 defeat handed the Tri-Nations title to the Springboks in Hamilton on Saturday, with Carter and Stephen Donald as fly-half and centre. The All Blacks lost all three of their Tests against the Springboks but are aiming for a 3-0 Tri-Nations whitewash over the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday.

"Hopefully that last 30 minutes, we really grew as a team. We were under the pump a bit and had to really play well," Carter said. "We have to take that and start the game next week like that with that confidence and play for a full 80 minutes like that

"We're not happy with the way we're executing at the moment," Carter said. "It's just not up to standard. We really want to go into this game and fix the mistakes we've been making in the Tri-Nations and really finish the campaign strong. I think we've got the players in our team to do it and we've shown it in patches. The second-half here and the second half in Sydney. It's a matter of going out and trusting each other for the full 80."

Wholesale changes for the All Blacks are unlikely, although Isaia Toeava could be rewarded with a starting place in the centre ahead of Donald after a lively cameo showing against the Sptringboks.

Assistant coach Steve Hansen has maintained that despite their stuttering form the All Blacks squad is the best possible at the moment, with promotions from the Air New Zealand Cup not viewed as a viable option.

"I've got no doubt that we've got the right players, I've got no doubt at all," he said."Yes we'll look at the form but you've got to put it in context, it's our third (tier) competition. You can have a look at a player there and say `oh yeah, he's going great'. (But) Most of the sides, looking at the lineout, in the NPC don't even compete."


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