Tonight is a huge night of rugby league with Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Catalans Dragons fighting for the League Leaders’ Shield, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils battling for the final play off spot whilst Leigh Leopards and Hull KR are battling for fourth spot and a home play off game.
All of this means that the game between Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons is massive.
Salford need a win and a favour from Huddersfield Giants against Warrington Wolves to sneak into the play offs.
Catalans need a win to guarantee a home semi-final. A defeat would open the door for St Helens to steal second place.
A win for the Dragons and a defeat for Wigan would also see the French side finish top of the league.
This created a pressure filled game at the AJ Bell game and it was feisty.
Catalans Dragons led 8-2 going into halftime but just before the break Sam Tomkins and Amir Bourouh were involved in a scrap and both were sin binned.
There was some confusion on the halftime hooter with Tyrone May reportedly also sin binned but it was lately reported that he was shown a green card for an injury and would not start the second half missing two minutes leaving Catalans Dragons down to 11 for a brief stint but not as long as originally believed.
Catalans will want to hold on to secure a home semi-final.
In the game that Catalans fans were no doubt monitoring, Wigan lead against Leigh.
Leigh were under the pump in the opening quarter except for an early chance when they came up short with Ben Reynolds who was on the inside ball but couldn’t squeeze through.
There was a suspicion of a high tackle and that could have led to the first try had it been given.
Adrian Lam was clearly not happy about this spotted on Sky gesturing for the high tackle.
Shortly after that, Jai Field jinked and weaved his way through the Leigh defence wrong footing a number of Leigh fringe defenders to score the opener.
Down the left against a right edge without Zak Hardaker, Wigan were having plenty of joy and Jake Wardle came up only just short.
Leigh did roll down field for a chance of their own but Oliver Gildart was denied before a stray pass gave Wigan the ball and then a lovely set move saw Jai Field feed Wardle through a gap to score.
Leigh did have another chance but Josh Charnley was bundled into touch by Abbas Miski.
They did eventually get themselves a try after a lovely break down the left with Lachlan Lam finishing off under the stick with Ben Reynolds converting.