While the Six Nations sucks up most of the main media coverage in Europe, this is the time for New Zealanders to shine, and Dan Carter appears to be earning his huge salary at French Top 14 club Racing-Metro.

The 34-year-old former All Black scored a try and kicked three goals as his club won a Parisian local derby 34-16 over defending champions Stade Francais. Carter's teammates included Joe Rokocoko, Chris Masoe and Casey Laulala. Stade prop Zak Taulafo was yellow carded.

My first derby match & I loved every minute #racingfamily

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David Smith, who was on the verge of French selection until his 2008 New Zealand Sevens past was revealed, ran in four tries as Castres crushed south-west neighbours Agen 50-6.
Isaia Toeava scored a try from fullback as Clermont beat Brive 25-6.

Ma'a Nonu scored a try and copped a yellow card as Toulon defeated Steven Setephano's Grenoble 38-8.


A try to wing Paul Perez and a penalty goal to fullback Luke McAlister helped Toulouse to a 13-all home draw against the fast-rising Bordeaux-Begles, who had loosies Hugh Chalmers and Peter Saili starting and Simon Hickey off the bench.

No Kiwis featured for Pau in their 35-16 loss to La Rochelle, the club-to-be of Victor Vito, but Jason Eaton, Romana Graham and Hikairo Forbes all played for the winners.

There was more misery for Roimata Hansell-Pune, Leon Power and Soane Tonga'uiha as Oyonnax fell to a 31-10 home defeat to Montpellier.

There was no Guinness PRO12 action, but the Aviva Premiership was in full swing, and so was Ben Botica's boot as his six goals saw Harlequins head Bath 35-28.

Charlie Piutau, Nathan Hughes, and Frank Halai all scored tries and Jimmy Gopperth slotted four goals in Wasps' 36-24 win over Leicester. Telusa Veainu scored a try for the Tigers.

Ken Pisi crossed the line for Northampton in a 26-11 victory over Sale. Both George Pisi (Saints) and Bryn Evans (Sharks) copped yellow cards, though Evans did score a try.

Bryce Heem's double was instrumental in Worcester's 28-20 win over the Gloucester of John Afoa, Jeremy Thrush and Willi Heinz.

No 8 Thomas Waldrom scored another try for his Exeter Chiefs as they beat Newcastle 32-17, but New Zealanders, two of Pacific heritage, scored all the Falcons' points. No 8 Nili Latu and halfback Tane Takalua crossed the whitewash and No 10 Mike Delany kicked three goals.

Saracens defeated Sean Maitland's London Irish 26-16.

In the penultimate round of the European Nations Cup/Six Nations B, Paula Kinikinilau ran in three tries from centre in Romania's 61-7 smashing of Germany. Left wing Steve Shennan also scored a try. Jeremy Te Huia was at first five for Germany.

Former Auckland University club player and NZ Universities rep Brad Linklater, playing centre, kicked six goals to help Spain to a 39-7 victory over Portugal, while Milton Haig's Georgia won 24-7 in Russia.