Over the weekend we saw some brilliant games including a golden point thriller between Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR, a fast paced affair between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves and a nail biter between Leigh Leopards and Salford Red Devils.
But the game of the weekend was the clash between first and third as Super League and World Champions St Helens took on League Leaders Catalans Dragons.
Catalans were the better team in the first half but only led 8-6 after a Tom Johnstone try was cancelled out by Mark Percival but Matt Ikuvalu made it 14-6.
Late on Lewis Dodd scored to make it interesting.
In the end though Catalans clung on to a brilliant win.
It was a great game but a difficult one for the officials as you would expect in a fiery affair.
There were some big 50/50 calls and both sides will feel aggrieved by some.
At halftime, Jon Wilkin claimed that Steve McNamara would be “unhappy with the officials” after he felt Saints got “lucky” with some “tough calls” against the Dragons whilst Jenna Brooks revealed that McNamara was “angry” at the break and spoke to the match commissioner.
At the end though it was St Helens unhappy with Bill Arthur claiming Saints fans were booing off the officials at the end.
They likely felt like they should have had a penalty at the end for a strip from Romain Navarrete.
That was certainly the view of Terry O’Connor who said he felt there was “a tug” on the arm from Navarrete.
Had it been given we would have likely seen then game head into Golden Point.
However, McNamara conformed he wasn’t pleased with the officials after the game.
He said on Sky Sports:
“We were on the wrong end of a fair few calls and I don’t know.
“Are you supposed to come here and not get off your line and chase them and put pressure on the opposition and things like that?
“That and having to defend probably more than we should have done based on some of the things that decisions that got made.”