British & Irish Lions heroes Dan Lydiate and Jonathan Sexton wasted little time in making their mark at new club Racing Metro with eye-catching performances in their side's 40-28 victory over Harlequins on Friday.
The Top 14 giants bounced back from their 14-6 defeat to French rivals Toulon last weekend thanks to tries from Alex Dumoulin, Lydiate, Jacque Cronje, Brian Mujati, Marc Andreu and Henry Chavancy with Sexton slotting two conversions in the game in Geneva.
Quins were level at half-time thanks to tries from Ugo Monye and George Lowe, who both added further scored after the break, but it was not enough to overhaul Racing who they will face in the pool stages of this season's Heineken Cup.
Sexton, who made the switch this summer having made his name with Irish province Leinster, admitted that he had felt the pressure ahead of Friday's meeting. "I was really nervous before the game, even though it was a pre-season game," he told AFP, adding that Racing's general manager Simon Raiwalui had tried to settle his nerves.
"He said, 'You played a Lions test five weeks ago. How can you be nervous about a pre-season warm-up?' But it's just so different to play in a different team," he said. "I have to prove myself to all the players, especially the French players, that I'm very proud to play for their team."
Elsewhere on Friday, Clermont Auvergne warmed up for the Top 14 kick off next weekend with a 36-27 victory over London Wasps while there was also a big win for Montpellier who crushed Leicester Tigers 52-15.
There was also a win for Top 14 champions Castres who beat Irish province Connacht 42-31 while Heineken Cup champions Toulon completed their pre-season campaign with a 42-17 victory over Gloucester.