Dan Carter turned back the clock with a classy performance for the Kobe Steelers, collecting 28 points in the quarter-final thumping of Ricoh Black Rams 63-27.
The 36-year-old flyhalf doesn’t have all the physical gifts of his younger self but he still has enough to rip apart teams in Japan’s Top League. Carter opened the scoring after taking the line on and breaking through with his signature step and fend. He cut back to beat the fullback and score easily under the posts.
He had a hand in a number of Kobe tries, even sparking one long-range movement from the shadows of his own goal posts, firing a long cut out ball metres in front of his own try line.
Kobe Steelers advanced to the semi-finals where they will play Toyota Verblitz. If Carter can help secure a title for Kobe, it will be the first since 2003/4 and be another achievement in his decorated career that has won major titles on both sides of the globe.
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