22 Sep 2010

Mehtens happy with first five backups

12:08 pm on 22 September 2010

The former All Black first five eighth Andrew Mehrtens says he's been impressed with Dan Carter's replacements and feels confident about the next 12 months.

With Carter out following ankle surgery Aaron Cruden started the last Tri-Nations match while Colin Slade came on as his replacement.

Mehrtens, who played 70 Tests between 1995 and 2004, says fans shouldn't worry themselves too much about a backup for Carter.

He says no one can be compared to Carter and unfortunately fans are doing that.

Mehrtens believes the team still looked fine with the backups playing and both Cruden and Slade are coming on well and probably just need more game time on the end of year tour.

Mehrtens doesn't believe the All Blacks are peaking too soon, he just feels their skill level and physicality is so high, that others are struggling and there is always improvement possible in those areas.