“The dirtiest team in the league” – Leigh Leopards fans furious after Catalans Dragons defeat

Leigh Leopards are fighting with Wigan Warriors and St Helens for second spot in the league which comes with the all important reward of a home semi-final in the play-offs.

But now the treble appears to be over with defeat to Catalans Dragons yesterday.

It was a spirited display from the Leopards but they came up short against the league leaders in a game laced with a touch of controversy which is why some fans were not happy.

They branded Catalans as “the dirtiest team in the league.”

Another fan said that official Jack Smith didn’t get a grip on the Dragons’ discipline.

Another fan said the French side are “the grubbiest team in the league.”

That said some fans were critical of the Leopards’ performance rather than the official.

Another fan praised the effort from the Leopards a week after Wembley.

But some were critical of the Leopards’ second half display.

In terms of the game, a late hit from Mike McMeeken and a yellow card saw Leigh nail an early penalty to make it 2-0.

Then, after a Sam Tomkins blunder, an inside ball from John Asiata allowed Tom Amone to tear through and score. He rounded the cover defence for a great try.

Catalans Dragons definitely needed to score next and they came up with a response after Zak Hardaker gave away a penalty. Mitchell Pearce stabbed a kick behind and touched down himself to score.

The Dragons were now on top and stormed 12-8 ahead with a try from Paul Seguier. A great set play from the Dragons with attacking players doubling up on defenders allowing Seguier to carve through.

But then another yellow card for Catalans, this time to Michael McIlorum, paved the way for Leigh to score with Ben Nakubuwai burrowing over from the penalty allowing Ben Reynolds to nail a penalty and make it 14-12.

Then a mess at the back nearly led to a try for Wigan Warriors bound Adam Keighran after a ball bounced off a defender but he was unable to ground the loose ball.

But shortly after Catalans took the lead again when Hull KR bound Tyrone May kicked behind for Tom Davies to score.

May was in the mood in the second half as he dummied, bounced off Ben Reynolds and carved inside wrong footing Ben Nakubuwai who was missing his boot.

The match was settled with another try for the Leopards as Manu Ma’u grounded another kick.