But they then paid the price for a couple of moments of madness with dangerous shoulder charges seeing a red card for lock Alexandre Bias and a yellow one for prop Eric Sione, following on from the costly firsthalf sin-binning of prop Lucas Martinez.
Then just before the hour mark came the game's main talking point as Castres replacement lock Bias was red carded for a dangerous shoulder charge to the head of prop Price.
Halfbacks Jonny Sexton and Mike Phillips were openly targeted with late hits, stamps and shoulder charges before a raucous 40,805 crowd.
There were a lot of shoulder charges and guys being taken late, and it would have been easy for someone to lose their head, throw a punch and for that to be picked up and them to be cited.
International chiefs are expected today to ban shoulder charges
in Friday's Challenge clash and the World Cup.
THE RUGBY Football League has decided not to follow the lead set by Australia in banning shoulder charges
, at least for now.
Body checks on kick chasers, neck-high hits - with no use of the arms - masquerading as tackles and shoulder charges
aimed at clearing rucks have all become common place in elite rugby.
Thereafter, not only can readers cast their minds back to days of yore when shoulder charges
were allowed on the football pitch and rugby players didn't shave their legs.
While the best England could come up with in the second Test was throwing jelly beans on the wicket, a disgruntled Indian side merely responded with icy stares and shoulder charges
straight out of the fourth form.
Players are hit by shoulder charges
, full-blooded block tackles and two footed waist high lunges but instead of rolling in agony with faces distorted in sham pain they just get up and charge back into action as the referee waves play on.
BRIAN McDERMOTT has become the first coach to call for shoulder charges
to be banned in Super League.
St Helens v Castleford 8PM BARBECUE king Mark Flanagan reckons a few beefy shoulder charges
never hurt anyone.