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“You don’t get this atmosphere in a half full ground on the M62” – How social media reacted to Catalans Dragons’ win over Hull KR

Last night, Catalans created history by becoming only the ninth team to qualify for the Super League Grand Final. Despite a courageous effort from Tony Smith’s Hull KR, the Dragons secured their place in the Grand Final with a 28-10 win over the Robins. In doing so, they fulfilled the promises Super League made at its inception to be the birth of a European competition with flair and quality across the continent. That was my take anyway. But how did social media see last night’s semi-final?

Plenty of fans were happy to see the French side make history. They felt that it could only be a good thing for the game moving forward. Some even pointed to the success of Toulouse in the Championship. They hope that the two French sides can help expand the game across Europe.

That said, others fear that Catalans’ success won’t be capitalised on by the governing bodies.

Interestingly, one fan was happy to see a new name reach the final but hopes that eight-time Champions St Helens or Leeds win a ninth crown next week.

Nonetheless, very few argued that the Dragons didn’t deserve to play in the Grand Final. One in particular pointed to all the good Bernard Guasch has done for the French club saying no one deserves to see their team make it to the decider more than him.

There’s also no arguing that the atmosphere was subdued in the South of France yesterday. One fan pointed out that there was a better atmosphere last night than we’ve seen all season.

Plenty of Catalans players were showered in praise after the win especially livewire Arthur Mourgue and the brilliant Josh Drinkwater.

James Maloney was also at the centre of attention. Many were pleased to see him edge towards the Super League title as his glittering career comes to an end. Plenty of people from down under wished him well going into next Saturday’s Grand Final.

Turning to Hull KR, many believed that they too deserved praise for a brilliant season and their gutsy effort last night. They also felt that Hull FC fans had no room to mock them about the defeat.

That said, one page in particular sought to poke fun at the Robins.

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