There were some worrying scenes at Wigan’s DW Stadium.
Sione Mata’utia is being stretchered off. It is not a surprise with the second rower flat out as he hit the floor as he looked to come up with a huge hit after a Jack Welsby error put pressure on the Saints.
It is a sad scene but credit to fans on both sides for applauding him off the field.
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League are thinking of him at this time.
The same is true of Wigan Warriors coach Matt Peet as he paid tribute to Mata’utia after the game saying he felt he should have been taken off earlier.
“I hope Sione Mata’utia is okay, it looked a nasty injury. He is obviously a tough player.
“I thought he should have been taken off in the first half, but I hope he is okay.”
Had that decision been made, Mata’utia wouldn’t have been forced off.
Meanwhile Peet paid tribute to his own players:
“I have known him since he was 12. He is an ultimate competitor he has skills and everything.
“That last play where he just turns up mixed in with everything else he did, that just sums him up.
“When you need legs and heart and lungs you can turn to him and he will give him it.
“Morgan Smithies was great as well. He is one of our best players and probably hasn’t got the credit he deserves.”