Israel Folau has scored a try after just six minutes and managed to get his Super League debut out of the way amid only minor controversy as he helped Catalans to a 36-18 win over Castleford in Perpignan.
Home fans in the crowd of 8886 chanted "Izzy! Izzy!" when Folau, playing in the centres, scored a trademark leaping try from a Josh Drinkwater cross kick and was mobbed by his teammates.
There were plenty of media on hand to witness the first game for the ex-rugby union international, who was sacked by Rugby Australia for his homophobic comments on social media and whose switch to European rugby league outraged many in the game.
Castleford fan Alison Grey said she was asked to take down a rainbow flag - a symbol of the LGBTQ movement - during the game and was told it was against the views of the club.
However, Catalans later issued a statement saying that was not club policy and it would look into the incident.
At the end of the match, 30-year-old Folau held up his hands to the crowd in appreciation before stopping to take selfies and chat with supporters.
The next big test is to see how Folau is received when Catalans travel to England for their next match, against Hull on March 1, as supporters of other clubs have promised to protest.
Dragons coach Steve McNamara said he was pleased with the way his players coped with the additional pressure caused by the attention on Folau.
"To have journalists from all around the world descending on this region, chasing players around in cars and following people and all the other bits that go with it, the players have had to deal with that and credit to them," he said.
McNamara was reluctant to debate the issue of Folau's signing.
"Is he a good person? Is he a good player? Will he add value to the team, on and off the field, not judging on any political or religious belief that he's got?" McNamara said.
"We will not repeat anything that we've (already) said, whether you (the media) like that or not ... We've said quite clearly we don't agree with (Folau's views). We've said that. Well, that's it."
He added: "I understand the headlines but let him play, let him get on the field and we'll understand the person a little more after that."
While Folau hogged the headlines, England fullback Sam Tomkins scored three tries for the Dragons while veteran Australian five-eighth James Maloney ran the show, created a try and kicked six goals.
Also a new arrival from Australia this season, Maloney claimed to be oblivious to the fuss around Folau.
"I think that you guys (the media) make a bigger deal out of it than we do. He's just another player that's come in and fit into the squad," Maloney said,
"At least for me, personally, I don't see the fuss. Because I can't understand the news and I can't read the newspapers. So I just look at my business."
Australian Associated Press