Last night we saw a bizarre incident on the rugby league field.
Last night’s live TV game between Catalans and St Helens did not have much of a build-up on Sky Sports and they may just have missed the moment of the season in warm-up.
As the Dragons players settled into their pre-match routine at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, a large bull escaped its handler and started charging around on the pitch forcing players and staff to flee.
The bull was part of an arranged entertainment prior to the big Super League clash, but having decided it wanted more air time made a dash to get back onto the pitch.
Despite the best efforts of the handler, who was taken to the ground and dragged along the turf, the bull cut free and forced the likes of Sam Tomkins and his Catalans teammates to make a run for it.
Both players and staff could be seen climbing into the stands to escape but thankfully the bull only wanted to have a wonder and was safely ushered back to the side allowing the Dragons players to resume their warm-up.
Speaking on the incident, Catalans debutant Matt Ikuvalu spoke to Sky Sports and said:
“You would have seen me sprinting, I was close to jumping over the fence into the crowd it was coming that close.
“It was pretty insane, it was a bit of an interesting start to the game for me, never had that before.”
He also praised the club for the way they have welcomed him:
“It’s amazing, they have welcomed me in with open arms.”
Lastly he said he was pleased to go against the Saints in his first game to test the intensity:
“My lungs were burning in the first half. But to be honest, it is so fast and such a good game. I am glad I got to go up against the best team in the comp in my first game.”