Catalans Dragons players rushed for cover after a bull broke loose during a pre-game parade ahead of the Betfred Super League clash with St Helens.
The parade was invented by Catalan owner Bernard Guasch, head of a local meat processing company, to celebrate the quality of beef in the region.
However, one of the Bulls broke free, dragging his handler across the turf before shaking himself free and galloping towards the posts, scattering players who were warming up at the time into the stands.
The bull, one of three in the parade, was quickly recovered without damage and play began as planned at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan.
In a statement prior to the incident, the Dragons said that “three winning bulls and two cows of the same Gascony breed will do a lap of honor during the warm-up.”
The Catalans beat the reigning Super League champions 24-12.