Dan Carter's fly-half brilliance made Farrell-style nitpicking impossible | Andy Bull

The just-retired former All Black mastered every aspect of fly-half play so never faced the criticism others have enduredNews of Dan Carter’s retirement sends me back to that match, the second Test against the British and Irish Lions at Wellington in 2005, the greatest he ever played. Watching it back now, it’s surprising to be reminded how well that maligned Lions side played. Their captain, Gareth Thomas, was rarely better, Dwayne Peel rarely more threatening, Steve Thompson and Simon Easterby were utterly rampant with the ball and Paul O’Connell and Lewis Moody were likewise without it. The…

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