All Blacks Legend Dan Carter Gives His Lions Tour Predictions
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Dan Carter is not ruling out the Lions chances of winning a series this summer.
The All Blacks legend was instrumental as New Zealand romped to a 3-0 series win back in 2005, but is a lot more confident in their chances this summer. While the Lions have struggled in the midweek games, Carter says Test rugby is a completely different ball game.
“They’ve definitely got a chance, it has been a tough start for them but Test match footy is completely different and at the back of their mind that will be their focus.” Carter said.
“Even though they’ve been a bit up and down so far, they’re starting to build as a team and play for one another which is good and always something you need,”
“It always takes a few weeks to get those combinations and get that feeling for your team-mate as well. In a week and a half I think we’ll see a much stronger performance. It’s hard for me to be against my country and my team which I won’t be doing but I think we’ll see a much better performance from what we’ve seen from the Lions.
The talented playmaker says you have to put things into context. The Lions have had very little time together, and preparations will take time. He reckons Gatland’s men will only get better as the tour progresses.
“I know what they’re capable of and that’s much more than what we’ve seen so far. You have to put things into context, they literally arrived in the country and had a game almost straight away. Carter added.
“I think they’re just finding their feet and building combinations and working out how they want to play and things like that. I think they’re only going to get better and as a Kiwi I’m definitely not writing them off even though some of the media say they might struggle. I think we’re going to see a much different performance in the first Test.”
Dan Carter was speaking today at the launch of the SoftCo Foundation at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.