Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Photo by Sky Sports
It was certainly a “magic” weekend for the Catalans Dragons as they recently took on the St Helens Saints in a top of the table clash in Super League, that would see the Dragons claim the League Leaders Shield with victory.
The game would take place in front of over 30,000 fans at St James’ Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne as a part of Super League’s Magic Weekend.
Not only did we see the two top teams battle it out on a huge stage with stakes on the line, but we also got an all-time classic match out of it.
St Helens would get out to a sizeable lead against the Catalans on two occasions during the match, going up 24-6 and 30-12, with the game looking wrapped up for the back-to-back defending champions.
However, the Dragons would stage a superb comeback, scoring 18 unanswered points to tie the game at 30 and send us to golden point, which is where this amazing journey that these two clubs had taken us on would have the perfect finish.
Retiring legend James Maloney kicked a field goal from 40 metres out to win the game and secure the League Leaders Shield for the first time in club and French Rugby League history.
The scores would end up at 31-30 to the Catalans, with Thomas Makinson, Julian Busquet, Dean Whare, Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano scoring tries for the Dragons, and Thomas Makinson, Lachlan Coote, Sione Mata’utia and Morgan Knowles scoring tries for the Saints, with Mata’utia nabbing a double.
Following this massive win, the Catalans will take on the out-of-form Huddersfield Giants next round and will be looking to continue the great run that they have been on since the beginning of season 2021.
The Dragons would love to send their legendary half James Maloney out a winner, and make history by not only winning their first Super League title in club history but by being the first-ever French club to win Super League.
St Helens on the other hand are looking for their third straight Super League title, as they are set to clash with the Leeds Rhinos next round.