Flying Fijians flanker Kitione Kamikamica scored a try in his Racing 92 debut as they lost narrowly 14-10 to Harlequins in the Heineken Champions Cup on Monday.
Harlequins made a strong start with an early try from George Head who sprinted from outside the 22 to score just two minutes into the hooker’s first start in the competition.
Racing reduced the gap to four points when Finn Russell knocked over a penalty but the Scottish fly half missed another from long range on 30 minutes.
But the French side took the lead when number eight Kamikamica crashed over from a lineout and when Russell converted, the Parisians had a three-point lead.
Esterhuizen crossed after 48 minutes, but after referee Craig Evans initially awarded no try for the ball being held up, the TMO overturned the decision and Tommy Allan kicked his second conversion to see Harlequins retake the lead.
Kamikamica’s tackle on David saw the Quins full-back land on his neck, and after a TMO review the 26-year-old was shown the red card by Evans.
Racing rallied well despite their numerical disadvantage, but Harlequins held on to move on to five points after two games following their bonus-point loss to the Sharks in South Africa.
Harlequins and Racing meet again on 15 January at Paris La Défense Arena.
Harlequins: David, Murley, Marchant, Esterhuizen, Bassett, Allan, Care, Baxter, Head, Kerrod, Lamb, Herbst, Kenningham, Evans, Dombrandt
Replacements: Musk, Els, Louw, Hammond, Lawday, Gjaltema, Edwards, Beard.
Racing 92: Gelant, Wade, Saili, Fickou, Taofifenua, Russell, Iribaren, Nyakane, Tarit, Alo, Palu, Sanconnie, Hemery, Woki, Kamikamica
Replacements: Narisia, Maiau, Gomes Sa, Bresler, Chouzenoux, Gibert, Chavancy, Dupichot