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Wales can still end New Zealand tour on high: Luke Charteris

By Robert Jones

Luke Charteris gave up the chance to bid for a Top 14 final with Racing 92 to chase history with Wales in New Zealand and the giant lock has not given up on achieving his goal in Dunedin.

Even though the All Blacks clinched the series with their 36-22 win in Wellington in Saturday's second Test, Charteris still believes Wales can end their tour on a high if they can eradicate individual errors against the world champions.

While his club side will be chasing a first French title since 1990 in Paris next weekend following their last-gasp semi-final win over Clermont Auvergne, Charteris will have a first win over New Zealand in 63 years for Wales uppermost in his mind in the third and final Test.

"At half-time in Wellington we said we were pretty comfortable - we weren't too tired or under the cosh. We spoke about what we needed to do in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but there were some little inaccuracies and individual errors and they went two tries up," said Charteris.

"If we had scored when Sam Warburton intercepted and Taulupe Faletau dropped the ball it would have been a big swing in the game. But you have got to give credit to New Zealand, they are just so clinical in those open play scenarios.

"They didn't do anything different, they just took their chances when they had them.

"They didn't have to work too hard and that is annoying and was down to a couple of individual errors. In those 10-15 minutes they were very clinical and while we showed good character at the end, it was too little, too late."

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