We may only be in May, but the rugby league season may have peaked.
Tonight’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.
Watch the incident below which was shared by the official Sky Sports Twitter account.
The new warm up at @DragonsOfficiel have really been spiced up at home this season!!!#Bullsintown #SkyRL pic.twitter.com/IwYM2xqYT5
— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) May 5, 2023
Despite the brief moment of danger which could have resulted in someone being seriously hurt, fans responding on Twitter unsurprisingly found the funny side of the incident.
And it wasn’t just limited to supporters with a number of current and former players and even club chairman also seeing the funny side, with a number quoting the obvious Bradford Bulls reference.
Love France 🇫🇷❤️🤣 https://t.co/vlnkQxIX6X
— Leon Pryce (@leonpryce6) May 5, 2023
Makes me and the goose look like nothing 😂 https://t.co/fF8PwtaY1c
— ✖ROSS PELTIER✖ (@rossco_peltz) May 5, 2023
Bloody nora 🙈😄 https://t.co/MLA02P7tPN
— chantelle crowl (@ChannyCrowl) May 5, 2023
Ohh wow imagine warming up and billy bull runs at ye 😂😂 https://t.co/rWhrAVpGKQ
— George Flanagan (@Georgeflanagan9) May 5, 2023
IMG wanted entertainment…..Catalan hold mi beer 🤣🤣🤣
Nick Fozzard would he trying hit it head on and claim for industrial injury if he still played for Saints 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/sSSdSgmtCD
— Andy Mazey (@andy_mazey) May 5, 2023
A good idea for Bradford Bulls https://t.co/rE4mytceSu
— BISSA (@BISSA_) May 5, 2023
If that was exciting then the match certainly did its upmost to follow suit as Catalans and Saints played out a thrilling first half which included two yellow cards and two superb tries apiece, with the sides going into the break level at 12-12.
In the Dragons highest home crowd of the season so far, it seems the fans are certainly getting value for money at the Stade Gilbert Brutus this Friday night.