In the searing heat of a Bolton Summer, Catalan Dragons put the (almost) invincible St Helens to the sword.
Have the Saints peaked too early, or did the men of Langtree Park just not fancy a weekend in the Capital?
Either way, Catalan Dragons looked irresistible at Bolton today as they ran riot in the first half and left Justin Holbrook and his men in the dust as they ran out 16-35 winners in the first of a double header of semi finals today.
A rugby pitch has nowhere to hide, and when Morgan Knowles saw a yellow card with just under six minutes left of the first half, Catalan made the Saints pay.
With a 27 point lead going into the break, it looked like a long second half for the Saints fans, and so it proved.
When the final hooter went, it was the French fans who were celebrating a second visit to Wembley.
Steve McNamara was dripping with both sweat and praise for his players at full time.
“We’re probably the only club who’ve not won a trophy” he told the BBC.
It means so much to us. Perpignan is such a beautiful place and it’ll mean so much for the sport in France”
Coming on the back of winning 9 games from their last 11, the bookies still had Catalan as second best by a distance, but semi finals are one off games where anything can happen, and so it came to be.
Now, Who will the Dragons face in the final on the 25th of August?
The Wolves or the Rhinos?