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Aaron Mauger profited from a scything run from Dan Hipkiss but Perpignan kept themselves in touch with a breakaway try from centre Maxime Mermoz and an opportunist effort from flanker Ovidiu Tonita.
But the Tigers scrum had been in destructive mood all night and Perpignan’s resistance was broken when Leicester drove them 10 yards back over their own line for Jordan Crane to touch down.
Matt Smith sealed the bonus point with a jinking break down the touchline and, although Perpignan engineered a late penalty try, Leicester’s scrum had done the damage.
“That pack was phenomenal. They have so much talent and so much want and desire to be successful,” said Flood.
“Julian has done everything you possibly can do as a player and yet there he is at the forefront of our pack and pushing them over from 10 metres.
“Playing behind that pack and the atmosphere and drive it gives the team is unbelievable.
“And then you have Lewis Moody who just runs around like it is his last game and without a care in the world. You would never believe he has kids and a family!”
Flood returned to Tigers duty after five tough weeks with England, which ended in a 32-6 defeat to New Zealand but he insisted his confidence had not been dented.
“It is fantastic to be back,” he said.
“The one pleasure of playing for England is that you are representing your country but when you come back to the club you step out of the limelight and you can get back to what you were doing before you went off with England. You almost slot straight back in.
“You have to have confidence if you play 10 or 12 because you need to control the game. My confidence was never really affected by what happened last week.”
Flood finished second best to Dan Carter at Twickenham and is set to lock horns with the All Blacks fly-half in next weekend’s return tie against Perpignan in France.
Carter, who has signed until the end of the season on a deal reported to be worth £30,000 a game, was absent tonight after spending most of the week on promotional duties in Italy.
Flood added: “He is a world class player - but you can’t play the player, you have to play the team. You can’t let it affect you. One player will make a big difference but you can still find holes in them.”