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Dan Carter admitted it felt like his “first day at school” as he led Perpignan to a 26-20 Heineken Cup victory over Leicester yesterday.

Dan Carter admitted it felt like his “first day at school” as he led Perpignan to a 26-20 Heineken Cup victory over Leicester yesterday.

The New Zealand fly-half passed the test with flying colours after joining Perpignan on a six-month deal, scoring 16 points on his debut in Europe’s premier club competition.

“I’m pleased with how the game went and to beat a team of Leicester’s quality in my first game was great,” he said.

“I felt extra pressure on me today, it was like my first day at school so I’m glad to have got the first game out of the way.”

Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss was proud of the Tigers’ display in France and insisted their Heineken Cup campaign is still alive.

He said: “It would have been easy to roll over in this game, but that’s not what we’re about.

“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.”

Bath completed a Heineken Cup double over Glasgow with a bonus-point 25-19 victory at Firhill to remain just two points behind Pool Five leaders Toulouse.

Glasgow held a 13-8 half-time lead with a try from Colin Gregor and Dan Parks’ kicking but Bath winger Matt Banahan scored a try in each half.

Shaun Berne scored Bath’s second try after the break and Joe Maddock sealed the win and the bonus point late in the game.

Bath coach Steve Meehan said: “We now have a long wait for the Newport meeting and it will be a key fixture for us.

“It is up in the air who will qualify from this group, but with our injury situation improving all the time, I have to be confident about our prospects of moving forward.”

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan declared his side had put themselves “back in the competition” with consecutive Pool Two victories over Edinburgh.

Fly-half Dave Walder scored all the points as Wasps followed up their victory at Murrayfield last weekend with a gritty 19-11 win at Adams Park.

With Castres beating Leinster yesterday, Wasps’ victory sets up a pivotal showdown with the Irish group leaders at Twickenham on January 17.

“We are back in the competition and that is the most important thing for us at this stage,” said McGeechan.

McGeechan praised Walder, who started at fly-half after Danny Cipriani spent the week fighting a stomach bug and produced a third consecutive man-of-the-match performance.

“Defensively he was very good, his kicking was 100% – Danny did that last week - and he attacked the line and scored a try as well,” McGeechan added.

“He is playing good heads-up rugby with a lot of confidence.”

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