James Graham had his fair share of battles in the front-row during his career, but few perhaps stand out more than his spat with Ryan Bailey.
It was back in 2009 when St Helens hosted Leeds at Knowsley Road. Saints were winning 18-6 when both sides first laid into each other as Lee Smith and Lee Gilmour traded blows just after half-time.
Despite that initial scrap, no one was sent to the sin-bin or sent off, but when Maurie Fa’asavalu took the ball up in the next set, things boiled over again.
The powerful prop was hit with Ryan Bailey’s shoulder which, on the face of it, looked like a great shot. Bailey, however, had used his shoulder on Fa’asavalu’s face, meaning the latter was taken off with a bloodied mouth as the Saints players bayed for blood.
Fa’asavalu’s replacement – James Graham – took this further, sprinting on to the field and heading straight into a verbal battle with Bailey.
That soon turned into physical when Bailey took a run, sparking an onslaught from the Saints defenders with, you guessed it, Graham leading the way.