This week we have seen crucial games with Wigan Warriors over in France, Warrington Wolves defeating Hull FC and Leigh Leopards blown away by Hull KR, it has been a crucial weekend in Super League.
What we often forget though is the crucial role referees play in the Super League season.
Yes, we have a superb end to the season on our hands but with no referees we wouldn’t be in this situation.
It is their role to keep control of a game and that is a role Liam Moore took on as Wigan clashed with Catalans with Moore not impressed with the two sides after an altercation emerges from a nothing moment.
He could be heard on Sky Sports saying: “It is a simple penalty, it’s an escort. What I don’t need is players running in and causing problems, especially experienced players.”
Wigan started the game excellently rolling Catalans down field frequently doing what is rarely seen in Super League and out muscling the Dragons in their own back yard.
As they routinely forced their way down field, Wigan eventually got their try as a probing kick from Bevan French caused confusion.
Tom Johnstone came across to deal with it colliding with Toby King allowing Abbas Miski to get to the ball and ground it to score.
Another kick led to another try as Miski rose highest to claim the kick before offloading to centre Toby King to score.
Wigan were on top and causing problems down the edge for Catalans especially down their right and the left of the French side.
Speaking of French, Bevan French continued to torment the Dragons as he ducked and darted through tackles busting tackles to power his way over the line in the corner.
A second conversion from Harry Smith, who also missed a penalty, made it 16-0 before Miski claimed a second try on the stroke of halftime.
Again French caused problems with a probing run and Miski hit a line inside as dummy runners moved wide of the winger allowing Miski to go through on his disguised line and powered through the cover to score a second try.