Catalans Dragons beat Warrington Wolves 30-10 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus to hand the League Leaders Shield to St Helens, but that was not the full story.
It was an ill tempered game, with fighting between the players on the pitch, and between spectators off the pitch. Both the Dragons, the Wolves and the Super League (via the RFL) have released strongly worded statements condemning the events, and that investigations were underway.
To the game itself, and the Dragons made a good early start as Sam Tomkins slotted home two penalties in the opening 15 minutes to put the hosts into an early four point lead.
However, the first try would come from the Wolves as Jake Mamo got in after 26 minutes. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion, meaning it was a level game.
The Dragons would go in at half time in front however as Fouad Yaha got in out wide just before the break. Tomkins missed the conversion, but the hosts had their four point lead back.
It didn’t take long for the Wolves to make their mark on the second half as Chris Hill went over just three minutes in. Ratchford converted to put the visitors ahead for the first time.
But from there, it was all Catalans as David Mead, Matt Whitley and Tony Gigot all got over the try line. Tomkins also added another two penalties to compete the scoring.
Then came the trouble. A couple of suspect tackles near the end and then all the players flew in. Whilst this happened, there was trouble in the end where the Warrington fans were. There was people fighting others in the box above, with conflicting reports over where and how the trouble started.
Whilst some players were trying to calm the situation down in the stand, there was a few who were still riling the situation and it led to a delayed end to the game.
Once the dust finally settled, Tomkins and Mikey McIlorum were both given red cards for the Dragons and Mamo was given his second yellow card of the game.
It no doubt took the headlines away from the game and the fact Saints have won the League Leaders Shield for the second straight year. It has once again brought rugby league in the national attention for all the wrong reasons.
Strong actions need to be taken against both teams. It is not the image we want for the game and it cannot be seen to be accepted or taken lightly.
On the pitch, that win puts the Dragons back into the final playoff position, with Castleford Tigers yet to play. The Dragons are back on the road next week as they travel to Leeds Rhinos.
As for Warrington, they have five days to shake that defeat off before they welcome Saints to Halliwell Jones Stadium.