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Carter's Racing 92 edge Highlanders

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/02/2016
Dan Carter played against the Highlanders. © AP Photo Dan Carter played against the Highlanders.

Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 side have beaten the defending Super Rugby champions the Highlanders 45-38 in a frenetic match in Hong Kong.

The scores were tied 38-all with 10 minutes to go before Racing 92 broke the deadlock when the Highlanders couldn't stop a rolling maul crossing the line for a try to another former All Black Chris Masoe.

Racing scored seven tries to the Highlanders' six.

Carter, who retired from international rugby after last year's World Cup, started second five-eighth for his new Paris-based club.

He kicked a conversion before half-time but then didn't return for the second half.

The match was billed as a clash of styles between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Racing are in the middle of their season while the match was a warm-up for the Highlanders as they prepare to defend their 2015 Super Rugby title.

The club said it was valuable hit-out to shake off the cobwebs with the majority of the squad getting a run.

The side moves from the bright lights of Hong Kong to a paddock at Waimumu, near Gore, on Thursday for another pre-season match, this time against the Crusaders.

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