Super League and RFL launch investigation after huge brawl between fans of Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons

4 Aug

Super League and the RFL will launch an investigation into the ugly scenes which marred the end of Saturday’s clash between Catalans Dragons and Warrington in Perpignan.

Catalans duo Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum saw red after the match for their role in an on-field fracas, while tempers also flared in the stands, with fans trying to climb over barriers in ugly scenes as punches reigned down.

Warrington’s Jake Mamo also received a second yellow card in the incident, as the Dragons defeated Warrington 30-10.

Warrington and Catalans fans clash in Perpignan
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“We were appalled to see the pictures from Perpignan, and an investigation will be launched,” read a joint statement from Super League and the RFL.

“The scenes are alien to Super League and have no place in our game. We will be taking firm action to make it clear this behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

A Warrington statement explained that the club is “working in conjunction with Catalans Dragons and Super League to gather further information”, while Bernard Guasch – the hosts’ chairman – said: “We are now waiting for the CCTV footage before making any decision.”

Warrington’s release added: “We sincerely believe that this behaviour does not reflect the vast majority of our loyal and supportive fan base following the team in France this weekend.”

There were reports of chairs and glass being thrown
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Man of the match Tomkins had created three tries and kicked seven goals as Catalans claimed a 30-10 victory.

“We’ve always had good challenges against Catalans every time we play them,” said Warrington coach Steve Price. “It was really disappointing how the game finished – you don’t like to see that, do you?”

When asked whether he thought events on the pitch had influenced those off it, Price responded: “What do you reckon? I think you’re answering the question yourself there.”

Price also criticised the officiating of referee James Child – a sentiment echoed by opposite number Steve McNamara.

“I’m clearly not happy with the whole of the game in terms of how it was managed,” said McNamara. “After the game I will take that up with the relevant people.

“I think it is best to stay nice and calm and speak to the relevant people and deal with the issues that will be brought up from that game.

“I have no idea how (the scenes at the end of the game) have come about, but it’s disgraceful scenes that we don’t want to see in our sport and I’m sure, again, the relevant people will look into that and find out.

“I just sincerely hope that no one is hurt from that because it didn’t look good.”

McNamara did, however, hit out at a suggestion from Price that his side had deliberately slowed the game down.

“I’m sick and tired of every time a team comes here and complains about the tactics and how tough it is and how difficult it is,” he said.

“I’ve said this numerous times, we have to do it 14, 15, 16 times a year. We face it every week when we travel away, yet teams want to whinge and carry on when they come here because it’s our ground.

“The best team won today and the best team won by a long way in the end and that result was correct. Nothing to do with anything other than the better team won on the day, simple as that.”

Price added that it was ‘way too early’ to offer an update on the fitness of Blake Austin, who left the field with a suspected ankle injury.

The result meant St Helens took the League Leaders’ Shield, with Warrington cut adrift.

Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons discussing idea of playing Betfred Super League match at Barcelona’s Nou Camp

27 Sep

Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors are reportedly in talks to play a Betfred Super League match at Barcelona’s Nou Camp next season.

It is understood the two clubs have agreed to the prospect and are negotiating with Barcelona to find a weekend that suits all parties.

Catalans took on Warrington Wolves at Barcelona’s Olympic stadium in 2009

Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona’s chairman, invited Catalans to play at the Nou Camp after the club paraded the Challenge Cup at the stadium on Sunday.

A venue swith would have to be approved by the Rugby Football League, but according to Sky Sports News the organisation is backing the idea.

It would be the first time the Nou Camp has hosted a Rugby League game.

However, Catalans played Warrington in the city’s Olympic Stadium in 2009 in what was the first ever Rugby League match to be played in Spain.

 

Catalans Dragons 20-14 Warrington Wolves: French side secure historic upset win in Challenge Cup final

25 Aug

Catalans Dragons stunned Warrington Wolves to win their first Challenge Cup.

The French side became the first non-English team to win the trophy in its history.

Ben Garcia of Catalans Dragons celebrates scoring their second try

The Dragons looked capable of the upset as soon as Lewis Tierney went over early on.

Ben Garcia and Brayden Wiliame got their two additional tries, and Josh Drinkwater kicked four goals.

Wire crossed twice (Ben Murdoch-Masila and George King) and Tyrone Roberts kicked three goals.

But, in front of Wembley Stadium’s worst Challenge Cup final crowd (50,672) since WWII, the Catalans Dragons ultimately ran out deserved champions.