Last night, St Helens won a historic Grand Final to become only the second team in the history of the summer era to win three titles in a row. It was a magnificent final adorned by big moments and controversy. That was my view anyway, but what was yours? How did social media react?
Unfortunately, plenty of people felt the refereeing was central in deciding the contest. It certainly played it’s part in some key moments leaving some supporters feeling that Catalans were hard done by.
Robbed. Possibly one of the worst grand final decisions ever made. That’s absolutely shocking. Moore has ruined what was a superb game.
— LR-RLFC Fans 🏆 💙💛 (@RhinosFaithful) October 9, 2021
few strange calls
Coote looked far out when he kept the ball in, watching replays that’s a bad error
missed an early punch
Tomkins should have had the penalty with 2 mins to go- not the other way around
The sinbin was absolutely spot on tho
Controversy is a part of sport
— Gibbo (@stegibbs6) October 10, 2021
Totally agree here malkinson fouls the Catalan player which denies him the opportunity to reach out to score the try defo pen try, Also ref got Tomkins play the ball wrong as well
— Kevin Brown (@emontranger) October 10, 2021
However, that shouldn’t take away from St Helens’ famous win and the terrific performance of two-try hero Kevin Naiqama. The rugby league world had nothing but praise for the centre and his humble attitude as he collected the Harry Sunderland Award.
It's been said many times, but what a humble down to earth fella Kevin Naiqama is.
He'll always be welcome back to St. Helens, he'll always be in our history, he'll always be a cult hero.
All the best Kev! https://t.co/KO580Fb5KA
— RedVee.Net (@RedVeeDotNet) October 10, 2021
Plenty of the game’s stars gave their takes on the Grand Final on Twitter too. Luke Gale was full of praise whilst John Bateman was forced to back track.
Unreal game that. Both teams outstanding 🔥👏🏼
— Luke Gale (@snozzer_gale) October 9, 2021
This has aged well…..😂😂
Congrats to the Sts lads some effort to win it 3 times in a row. https://t.co/XyIzAuzzL9
— John Bateman (@johnbateman1) October 10, 2021
Bateman’s tweet prompted some widespread discussion about just how many titles St Helens could win in a row.
They could go 4, 5, 6, 7 in a row if the rest of us don't get our acts together. They've recruited better than anyone else ahead of next season to imo.
— Martyn Rees (@MartynRees10) October 10, 2021
However, for St Helens fans, it was all about enjoying the now and a third consecutive title and the double after a remarkable season from the now nine-time Super League Champions.
What a season. What a team! 🙌🏼🏆🏆
Well done to the whole squad on an amazing achievement, but a big thanks to those departing Saints, @joel_thompson12 , @jamesbentley34 , Kevin Naiqama, Lachlan Coote, and, dare I say it, @TFages …THANK YOU 🙌🏼🔴⚪️ #COYS https://t.co/At3GduA8b0
— Craig (@craig2309) October 10, 2021
Yesterday was special,nobody wanted Saints to win,you expect it from other fans but from the RL media and Sky RL? They are supposed to be impartial.
— Tallahassee (@guybrush2304) October 10, 2021