Jenkins - Carter is amazing

Former Wales fly-half in awe of prospective record-holder

Last Updated: 24/11/10 5:29pm

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Carter: Going for record

Carter: Going for record

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Wales legend Neil Jenkins has paid tribute to Dan Carter as the New Zealand fly-half attempts to become the highest scorer in international rugby history.

"He makes the All Blacks tick. He seems to go through a game unfazed, he doesn't seem to be sweating half the time, he's that good."
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Carter needs only three points against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in order to overhaul Jonny Wilkinson's mark of 1178 points.

And given that he averages 19 points a game against Wales it would be a major surprise if he did not claim the record - which was once held by Jenkins - this weekend.

"I think he is an amazing rugby player," said Jenkins, who is currently the Wales skills coach.

"He has scored 29 Test tries as well, which is an incredible achievement as a player in general, without being a wing.

"He makes the All Blacks tick. He seems to go through a game unfazed, he doesn't seem to be sweating half the time, he's that good.

Kicking

"And his kicking speaks for itself. He has scored an incredible number of points. To play in the All Blacks side for as long as he has - there are a lot of great players in New Zealand - and for him to be the stand-out player that he is for this amount of time is pretty special.

"I am sure he will look forward to Saturday. Hopefully, he doesn't have too good a day.

"He pretty much kicks everything. He does get a lot of chances, playing in a very good side, but at the end of the day the chances you get you have still got to be able to kick them.

"He's very accurate. He does have off days, as everyone does, and I've seen him miss a few in the past, although he doesn't seem to miss too many against us.

"He's a fantastic all-round rugby player. Not just his goalkicking, I don't think he has got a weakness in his game. If he has, I don't think we know about it at this moment in time."

Current Wales stand-off Stephen Jones was also quick to talk up Carter's abilities and says he is relishing the chance of playing against him on Saturday.

Jones added: "It would be a fantastic achievement. He is a great player, and he has proved that constantly.

"It's always a challenge to play against him, but you look forward to that because you want to test yourself against the best."

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