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- Heineken Cup
- Pool 3
- 14th Dec 2008
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Stade Aimé Giral
- Att: 14,466
Carter relieved by debut win
All Blacks stand-off scores 16 points on Perpignan bow
The game was very similar to what I am used to in Super 14. The standard was just as high, I thought the conditions were much wetter than normal for me so it was pretty slippery out there.
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Dan Carter began his Perpignan career in style by sticking the boot into Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Cup.
The hosts claimed a 26-20 victory at Stade Aime Giral to keep alive their hopes of progressing from Pool Three.
Carter, the All Blacks fly-half who has signed up for a seven-month spell in the south of France, kicked 16 points via four penalties and two conversions.
"I'm pleased to have got the first game out of the way," said Carter.
"I did feel the extra pressure but the supporters were fantastic and I'm only pleased that I was playing for Perpignan and not Leicester.
"I'm pleased the way the game went. I thought our defence worked well most of the game though we're disappointed that Leicester were able to cut our lines a few times.
"I was very pleased that our combinations worked well after just one week together to prepare.
"It was satisfying that things worked well, though I was disappointed to miss two kicks. I'm just grateful that they were not crucial to the result of the game.
"To have come and beat a team of the quality of Leicester in my first game in Europe was a great start.
"The game was very similar to what I am used to in Super 14. The standard was just as high, I thought the conditions were much wetter than normal for me so it was pretty slippery out there."
There was just one awkward moment for Carter when he was the victim of a spear tackle from Leicester replacement Harry Ellis, who escaped punishment.
"I was a bit scared when I was picked up like that because you have no control over how you're going to land," admitted Carter.
"I was pretty relieved not be injured."
England stand-off Toby Flood played second fiddle to Carter at Twickenham during the autumn internationals but refused to be overawed as Leicester threatened to wreck the Perpignan crowd's party atmosphere.
Tries from Tom Croft and Scott Hamilton made sure they at least collected a losing bonus point to stay level with the Ospreys at the top of the pool standings.
"It would have been easy to roll over in this game, but that's not what we're about," said Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss.
"If a few decisions and fumbles had gone for us, this game could have gone either way, but we're not too far off from getting the big result in Europe and will learn from this experience.
"We're still in it with that bonus point."