Yesterday, Catalans made history becoming the first non English team to claim the League Leaders’ Shield. In fact, they became only the eighth different side to claim the shield. But the question remains, can they become only the fifth team to win the Grand Final?
Nonetheless, there was plenty of reaction on Twitter to this historic moment, but what was the general consensus across social media?
Some Catalans fans were a little disappointed initially about the lack of talk about this historic moment believing that it should’ve been given more coverage across all platforms.
Two and a half hours to kick-off on an historic night when Catalans Dragons lift the League Leaders' Shield and not a Tweet today from @SuperLeague or @TheRFL to mention it. Something for the all-English Strategic Working Party to think about, non?
— Catalan Media 🇲🇫 (@catalanmedia) September 11, 2021
Others took this opportunity to question the name of the shield. In fact, they argued that the Dragons should be considered the Champions whilst the Grand Final should be akin to the Champions League in football.
I really don’t understand why we place such an insignificance on winning the league? Why is it league leaders? There’s no longer a chase. It’s been won. No other sport belittles it’s champions. Why do we? Surely the GF is akin to the Champions League in football? #themindboggles
— mick booth (@mickbooth20) September 12, 2021
That said, the shield definitely appears to be moving forward in terms of what it means. One fan was glad to see players are now given medals.
Good to see Shield winners now get medals to commemorate their achievements
— Simon Lilley (@sjllilley) September 12, 2021
Even Leeds fans were pleased to see the Dragons claim the trophy and were happy to see how much it meant to the French outfit.
How being league leaders should be celebrated. Can tell it means something to Catalan. https://t.co/IJAdt6yjJj
— LR-RLFC Fans 🏆 💙💛 (@RhinosFaithful) September 11, 2021
It most definitely did mean a lot to Catalans if the reaction of their skipper is anything to go by.
League Leaders Shield in front of our fans at Brutus. We keep going… 🔥🐉 pic.twitter.com/ZJZPOWldWc
— Ben Garcia (@12GarciaBen) September 12, 2021
Heart-warmingly, one man got over surgery to see the Dragons lift the shield.
Crazy week = detached retina 👀- magic win 😬- surgery 🤢- league leaders (staff & players 👏) – wife & kids fixing me up 🙏😘Next stop the semi @DragonsOfficiel 🤞🐉 pic.twitter.com/DmdrhPvVNH
— Rich Hunwicks (@RichHunwicks) September 12, 2021