With Barcelona Football Club President Joan Laporta – the most powerful man in Catalan sport – watching, the 'blood and gold' shirts of Perpignan dominated in a physical encounter, which saw no less than six players sent to the sin-bin by referee Didier Mené.
Leicester contained big-name debutants such as former All Black centre Daryl Gibson and Welsh prop Darren Morris, but their generally inexperienced side suffered against a Perpignan outfit containing ex-Leicester props Franck Tournaire and Perry Freshwater.
Tournaire said after the match: "I was very pleased to play against Leicester and I still have many friends there.
"This game enabled us to measure ourselves against one of the best English teams, and it is still necessary for us to progress because there are new players. But we have nothing to envy other teams for – we have the public and the coaches here to make a success of it."
There were tries for wings Pascal Bomati and Frédéric Cermeno, as well as lock Lionel Mallier and Australian fly-half Manny Edmonds, who also added to the Catalans' tally with the boot.
Perpignan have recruited some stars themselves over the off-season, but both Australian centre Dan Herbert and England wing Dan Luger were not available to make their debuts, although Irish lock Mick O'Driscoll was among those to feature, going off at half-time in one of a number of changes.
Leicester too were without many of their traditional stars who are on international duty, and had to rely on the boot of young winger Luke Myreng for their points, as he hit two tricky penalties for a Tigers side captained by Kiwi openside Josh Kronfeld.
For Perpignan:Tries: Bomati, Mallier, Edmonds, CermenoCons: Edmonds 3, CermenoPens: Edmonds 2
For Leicester Tigers:Pens: Myreng 2