Carter: ‘Win means so much to Racing’

Date published: April 10 2016

Dan Carter was elated after Racing 92 knocked out defending champions Toulon to advance to the Champions Cup semi-finals.

Racing's star signing played on despite taking a knock, leaving the goalkicking to his half-back partner Maxime Machenaud who slotted the winning points.

Now Carter is gearing up for a meeting with his old Crusaders teammate Aaron Mauger, the Leicester head coach, when the two sides meet in Nottingham later this month.

"This means so much to this club – it is an historical game because we have never been to the semi-finals before. To get this win over Toulon, who have been the benchmark in European rugby, is just brilliant," said Carter.

"It gives us another week in the tournament and we know it is only going to get tougher from here on against Mauger's team.

"We will need to do our homework and prepare well for the game in two weeks time.

"It is going to be a great occasion and I am really looking forward to it. It is a great competition and it is a big part of the reason I wanted to come here and play."

Carter also allayed concerns about the fitness of his knee, suggesting that he should be ready to face Leicester, whilst praising Machenaud's composure late on.

"They are the moments you love to take in a game and to see Maxime kick that penalty was very pleasing. He is an 85-89 percent goal-kicker and I just left him to it," Carter added.

"I have a little bit of a medial ligament injury and I just had to run it off. I wasn't 100 percent and while it isn't a problem, I'll just have to manage my rehab."