Unsurprisingly, the Catalans-St Helens match on Saturday was a fiery one.
Both are physical teams with history. Last year, Catalans’ amazing comeback win denied St Helens the treble as it secured them the League Leaders’ Shield before St Helens defeated Catalans in the Grand Final to gain a measure of revenge on a controversial evening.
So, it’s no surprise four players came out of the game with bans.
Michael McIlorum and Sam Kasiano coped bans for the Dragons whilst Matty Lees was given a one-match ban for the Champions.
Meanwhile, Catalans’ Dylan Napa – who had a difficult evening on debut against St Helens earlier this season for similar reasons – was sent to tribunal over a striking charge.
Earlier tonight, Matty Lees’ ban was over turned clearing him to play against Wigan in a huge top of the table clash which could help determine the eventual location of the League Leaders’ Shield.
Meanwhile, on the flip side Napa has been hit with a five game ban for striking having been found guilty tonight by the Operational Rules Tribunal.
It means he will miss a crunch part of the season starting with the clash against Warrington on Sunday at the Magic Weekend.
This, along with the other bans, prompted the Dragons to recall Corentin Le Cam from Whitehaven after a loan spell. He scored and assisted in Haven’s recent draw with Batley and will provide definite size as the tallest player ever in Super League.